The Day We Fight Back | Internet Activists Take A Stand

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Have you visited Reddit, Upworthy, the Daily Kos, ACLU, Mozilla, Tumblr or a number of other websites that are displaying a banner which urges Web surfers to rally against Internet surveillance?

What's going on? Today, Feb. 11, has been named “The Day We Fight Back” by a coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms [in honor of activist and internet prodigy Aaron Swartz]. Organizers are hoping to replicate the response they received for the 2012 Internet virtual blackout, which targeted the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), resulting in lawmakers withdrawing both bills.

What types of things are activists concerned about? In short, they’re trying to pass the USA Freedom Act, ending bulk collection of Americans’ communication records and increasing transparency to government surveillance.

Check out Google’s display of a link to its Internet safety center on Google.com, stating in a blog post that “we strongly believe that government surveillance programs should operate under a legal framework that is rule-bound, narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight.”

There won’t be a virtual blackout today. Instead, protesters have a realistic request – add a banner to your website directing readers to contact legislators via phone or email. If you don't have a website that can support a banner, organizers are asking people to change their profile photos on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ or share photos on your social news feeds. To celebrate the cause face-to-face with fellow activists, there will be events across the country including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Utah and Minnesota.

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