Internet Defence League latest NewsLetter:
Dear Internet Defense League member,
Two years ago Internet users rose up and won the fight against SOPA and PIPA. One year ago, internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was a leader in these protests, tragically took his own life. In celebration of our huge win against SOPA and in memory of Aaron, we are helping coordinate a mass day of protest against mass surveillance to take place on February 11th.
It’s called The Day We Fight Back. This Tuesday, more than 4,000 websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress to oppose mass government surveillance. Since the day Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s cynical abuse of the Internet we’ve been building a mass movement of Internet users to meet government surveillance head on. On Tuesday, the Internet will show its power to defend itself from threats once again.
If you’ve already got the Internet Defense League’s “all campaigns” code installed, you’re all set! The “cat signal” will be raised at midnight on Feb 11th.
We’ll demand that legislators
1) Pass the USA FREEDOM Act, which would move us in the right direction and restrict some of the spying.
2) Defeat the so-called “FISA Improvements Act”, which would entrench — and potentially expand — NSA spying.
3) Create additional privacy protections to protect the human rights of those outside the U.S.
4) End the NSA’s subversion of encryption and other data security measures.
If you don’t have a website, you can still tell the world you’re taking on the NSA. Post on social media, make and share a meme, link to a NSA-related story, or organize a protest. Anything you can do helps, and if you tell us about it by replying to this email, we’ll help spread the word.
For years, the NSA has exploited secret legal interpretations to undermine our privacy rights — thus chilling speech and activism, and thereby threatening to subvert the very underpinnings of our democracy itself.
Stay tuned after The Day We Fight Back — we’ve got the groundwork laid for another massive effort that will keep the pressure on and throw a wrench in the NSA’s plans like never before.
If you just want to get the code for The Day We Fight back, and not the IDL all-campaigns code, get it here.
For the Internet,
Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan
Internet Defense League
Fight for the Future
P.S. If you are part of the IDL’s twitter army (meaning you signed up with your twitter handle when you joined IDL, and authorized us to tweet out at key moments) we’ll be activating the twitter tool for this too to amplify the Cat Signal, so expect to see a tweet on Feb 11th! If you want to opt-out, just go to your twitter settings.