[IRP] ACTION: What’s Your Anti-Surveillance Success Story?

Wolf Ludwig wolf.ludwig
Thu Nov 1 19:40:02 EET 2012

Dear Katitza and all,

I wrote my 2011 GISWatch Switzerland country report on this issue -- see 
and there is increasing awareness and resistance from civil society against new surveillance laws and existing practices (data retention etc.). We can just confirm your assessment that "... legislative proposals to broaden law enforcement access to digital communications and other forms of government surveillance threaten to jeopardize individuals? rights to privacy and freedom of expression".


 Katitza Rodriguez wrote Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:14:
>Dear IRPers:
>Government surveillance is a growing problem. From North America to 
>South America, Europe to the Pacific Rim, proposals for mandatory data 
>retention, lawful interception, legislative proposals to broaden law 
>enforcement access to digital communications and other forms of 
>government surveillance threaten to jeopardize individuals? rights to 
>privacy and freedom of expression.
>No one understands these challenges better than advocates who work 
>tirelessly to protect and uphold individuals? fundamental rights, and 
>that is why the International Privacy Team at the Electronic Frontier 
>Foundation is asking you to share the story of how you?re combating this 
>growing surveillance trend in your country.
>Few tools are more powerful and effective for sharing knowledge and 
>information than storytelling. That?s why we?ve begun a project of 
>collecting success stories on fighting surveillance to compile and share 
>with a global coalition of advocates who are countering problematic 
>proposals in their own country and working to promote privacy-enhancing 
>solutions. Our goal is to create a collection of case studies that can 
>be packaged and distributed as a toolkit for digital freedom activists.
>We want to help you share your story, get the word out, and inspire 
>activists worldwide. To aid us in this effort, please take a few moments 
>to respond to this brief questionnaire. Responses to each question 
>should not be longer than 150 words. Please send your responses in an 
>email to Rebecca Bowe, EFF?s International Privacy Coordinator 
>(rbowe at eff.org) and include ?Anti-Surveillance Success Story? in the 
>subject line. Supporting materials can be attached separately.
>If you are super busy (as usual), please send us your Skype username and 
>Rebecca will do a brief interview with you on this topic -- but be sure 
>to include the same subject line for your message. We will share the 
>final version of our Success Stories for Privacy package once it has 
>been completed.
>Here are the questions:
>What was the government surveillance proposal you responded to? Please 
>describe the nature of the surveillance proposal/ program/ bills, and 
>include any relevant links.
>How did you formulate a strategy in response? (ie. litigation, FOIA 
>requests, blogging, video / new media campaign)
>How did you garner media attention about your campaign? How did you 
>influence the public messaging around your issue? What ?memes? did you 
>use to counteract the government?s framing of the issue? (i.e. when 
>governments justify the need for a program by highlighting child porn, 
>terrorism, or the war on drugs).
>How did your efforts affect the outcome of the proposal or surveillance 
>What are some lessons, tips and/ or advice that you have gained from 
>this experience and would like to share with global activists working on 
>digital rights issues?
>Your answers to these questions can help EFF to create a valuable 
>resource for digital freedom activists throughout the world. Thank you 
>for devoting time and attention to this project.
>Katitza Rodriguez
>International Rights Director
>Electronic Frontier Foundation
>katitza at eff.org
>katitza at datos-personales.org (personal email)
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