Here is the mission statement of the protest:
In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. A year ago this month one of that movement's leaders, Aaron Swartz, tragically passed away.The organizer are listed in a Reddit post on the event.
Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.
If Aaron were alive, he'd be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action.
Now, on the eve of the anniversary of Aaron's passing, and in celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA that he helped make possible, we are announcing a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.
- Cory Doctorow, writer, activist, editor of BoingBoing and close friend of Aaron Swartz = doctorow
- Brian Knappenberger, filmmaker of The Internet's Own Boy about Aaron, and We Are Legion = knappb
- David Segal, co-founder of Demand Progress with Aaron = davidadamsegal
- Peter Eckersley of EFF, and close friend of Aaron = pdeEFF
- Sina Khanifar is a developer who's been behind many of the great activism sites of the last year or so, including https://TheDayWeFightBack.org/ = Sinakh
WHO: Access, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, The Other 98%, BoingBoing, Mozilla, Reddit, ThoughtWorks -- and many more to comeIt is likely that you need no primer on the NSA spying operation(s), which were publicized by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
WHAT: Day of Action in Opposition to Mass Spying, Honoring Aaron Swartz and SOPA Blackout Anniversary
WHEN: February 11, 2014
HOW INTERNET USERS CAN HELP:
- Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
- Sign up to indicate that you'll participate and receive updates.
- Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
- Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
- Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate -- and encourage others to do the same.
Scwartz, you might recall, was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. On Jan. 11, 2013, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer's second offer of a plea bargain in his JSTOR case, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hung himself.
In June of 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.