The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

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TODAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 IS THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK AGAINST MASS SURVEILLANCE

The NSA ‘has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.’ (The New York Times)

The NSA is collecting the content and metadata of emails, web activity, chats, social networks, and everything else as part of what it calls ‘upstream’ collection. (The Washington Post)

The NSA collected ‘almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks’ in one month in 2013. (The Guardian)

Governments worldwide need to know that mass surveillance, like that conducted by the NSA, is always a violation of our inalienable human rights.

Over the past year, more than 360 organizations in over 70 countries have come together to support the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

These thirteen Principles establish the human rights obligations of any government conducting surveillance. They are the core of an international movement to compel all states to stop the mass spying of the innocent. The Principles are already being used in national campaigns and international pressure to reign in spies including the NSA.

On Anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s Tragic Passing, Leading Internet Groups and Online Platforms Announce Day of Activism Against NSA Surveillance

Mobilization, dubbed “The Day We Fight Back” to Honor Swartz & Celebrate Anniversary of SOPA Blackout

A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA’s mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed ‘The Day We Fight Back‘, the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur.

Participants including Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, BoingBoing, Reddit, Mozilla, ThoughtWorks, and more to come, will join potentially millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance — of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world.

On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz took his own life. Aaron had a brilliant, inquisitive mind that he employed towards the ends of technology, writing, research, art, and so much more. Near the end of his life, his focus was political activism, in support of civil liberties, democracy, and economic justice.

Aaron sparked and helped guide the movement that would eventually defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act in January 2012. That bill would have destroyed the Internet as we know it, by blocking access to sites that allowed for user-generated content — the very thing that makes the Internet so dynamic.

David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, which he co-founded with Swartz, said: ‘Today the greatest threat to a free Internet, and broader free society, is the National Security Agency’s mass spying regime. If Aaron were alive he’d be on the front lines, fighting back against these practices that undermine our ability to engage with each other as genuinely free human beings.’ According to Roy Singham, Chairman of the global technology company ThoughtWorks, where Aaron was working up until the time of his passing:

‘Aaron showed us that being a technologist in the 21st century means taking action to prevent technology from being turned against the public interest. The time is now for the global tribe of technologists to rise up together and defeat mass surveillance.’

According to Josh Levy of Free Press:

‘Since the first revelations last summer, hundreds of thousands of Internet users have come together online and offline to protest the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs. These programs attack our basic rights to connect and communicate in private, and strike at the foundations of democracy itself. Only a broad movement of activists, organizations and companies can convince Washington to restore these rights.’

Brett Solomon, Executive Director, Access, added:

‘Aaron thought in systems. He knew that a free and open internet is a critical prerequisite to preserving our free and open societies. His spirit lives in our belief that where there are threats to this freedom, we will rise to overcome them. On February 11th, we’ll rise against mass surveillance.’

On the day of action, the coalition and the activists it represents make calls and drive emails to lawmakers. Owners of websites will install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance, and employees of technology companies will demand that their organizations do the same. Internet users are being asked to develop memes and change their social media avatars to reflect their demands.

Websites and Internet users who want to talk part can visit TheDayWeFightBack.org to sign up for email updates and to register websites to participate. Regular updates will be posted to the site between now and the February 11th day of action.

WHO: Access, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, The Other 98%, BoingBoing, Mozilla, Reddit, ThoughtWorks — and many more to come

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:

  1. Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
  2. Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
  3. Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
  4. Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
  5. Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate — and encourage others to do the same.

    TAKE ACTION NOW, #CookedNews,#stopspying, #stopspying

    https://thedaywefightback.org/

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Boston, è caccia all’uomo: ucciso il ‘sospettato numero uno’, sono due fratelli ceceni

Attentatore-di-Boston-Dzhokhar-TsarnaevGigantesca caccia all’uomo a Boston dopo l’identificazione dei due attentatori della maratona di lunedì, due giovani fratelli che stando alle prime notizie sarebbero ceceni. Si tratta di Tamerlan e Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev Il primo, il 26enne Tamerlan, il cosiddetto ‘sospettato numero uno’, è stato ucciso in una sparatoria giovedì sera al Mit, uno dei più prestigiosi atenei americani.

L’altro, il ‘sospettato numero 2’, Dzhokhar, ‘il fratello più giovane 19enne, che la polizia ritiene ‘armato e pericoloso’, è da ore in fuga. E’ uno studente della Cambridge Ringe and latin school e sul Facebook russo, Vkontakte, si dichiara musulmano e di aver studiato nella repubblica islamica del Daghestan.

Boston è blindata: ai residenti è stato intimato di rimanere chiusi nelle case e non aprire per nessuna ragione, se non ad agenti che si facciano chiaramente identificare. E’ stato chiuso lo spazio aereo a bassa quota, interrotto il trasporto pubblico e il servizio di taxi; Watertown – il sobborgo nella parte nord-occidentale dove da ore ci sono blindati della polizia, agenti federali, gli uomini delle forze speciali , gli ‘Swat’- è sotto assedio. La polizia sta rastrellando la zona casa per casa, strada per strada, ed è anche già arrivata a isolare la strada, in un altro sobborgo, Cambridige, dove c’e’ l’appartamento presumibilmente occupato dai due fratelli.

E’ stata una notte convulsa, con gli avvenimenti che si sono susseguiti, a volte difficili da decifrare. L’allerta è cominciato intorno alle 22:30, nel campus a Cambridge del Massachussets Institute of Technology, circa cinque ore dopo la diffusione delle prime foto dei due sospettati. Una guardia di sicurezza, chiamata -sembra- per tafferugli, è rimasta uccisa in uno scontro a fuoco: l’uomo è stato ferito ed è deceduto poco dopo in ospedale. I due ragazzi sono fuggiti a bordo di una vettura rubata, una Mercedes sportiva nera. Un paio d’ore più tardi polizia e agenti federali hanno intercettato e inseguito l’auto rubata a una decina di chilometri di distanza, a Watertown.

Poliziotti e agenti federali, ma anche gli uomini dello Swat, sono scesi in forze nel sobborgo alla periferia della città: i due giovani, armati di pistole ed esplosivi, hanno ingaggiato un violento scontro con gli agenti. Gli abitanti della zona hanno riferito anche di forti detonazioni. Secondo la polizia, il maggiore dei due fratelli è morto successivamente, in ospedale, per le ferite da arma da fuoco e forse per la detonazione di una bomba. L’altro è ancora in fuga.

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