[IRPCoalition] One Planet, One Internet: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Katitza Rodriguez katitza at eff.org
Wed Jan 22 13:26:08 EET 2014

One Planet, One Internet: A Call To the International Community to Fight
Against Mass Surveillance


The Snowden revelations have confirmed our worst fears about online
spying. They show that the NSA and its allies have been building a
global surveillance infrastructure to “master the internet” and spy on
the world’s communications. These shady groups have undermined basic
encryption standards, and riddled the Internet’s backbone with
surveillance equipment. They have collected the phone records of
hundreds of millions of people none of whom are suspected of any crime.
They have swept up the electronic communications of millions of people
at home and overseas indiscriminately, exploiting the digital
technologies we use to connect and inform. They spy on the population of
allies, and share that data with other organizations, all outside the
rule of law.

We aren’t going to let the NSA and its allies ruin the Internet.
Inspired by the memory of Aaron Swartz, fueled by our victory against
SOPA and ACTA, the global digital rights community are uniting to fight

On February 11, on the Day We Fight Back, the world will demand an end
to mass surveillance in every country, by every state, regardless of
boundaries or politics. The SOPA and ACTA protests were successful
because we all took part, as a community. As Aaron Swartz put it,
everybody "made themselves the hero of their own story." We can set a
date, but we need everyone, all the users of the Global Internet, to
make this a movement.

Here’s part of our plan (but it’s just the beginning). Last year, before
Ed Snowden had spoken to the world, digital rights activists united on
13 Principles. The Principles spelled out just why mass surveillance was
a violation of human rights, and gave sympathetic lawmakers and judges a
list of fixes they could apply to the lawless Internet spooks. On the
day we fight back, we want the world to sign onto those principles. We
want politicians to pledge to uphold them. We want the world to see we care.

Here's how you can join the effort:

    Send an email to rights (AT) eff.org confirming your interest in
participating in this action and receiving updates. Let us know what you
would like to do in your own country so we can send you more information
and amplify your voice.
    Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org and Take Action.
    Join your fellow global citizens and, sign the 13 Necessary and
Proportionate Principles here:
https://en.necessaryandproportionate.org/take-action/EFF and twee
    Use social media tools to announce your participation.
    Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to
encourage others to participate.
    Be creative -- plan your own actions and pledge. Go to the streets.
Promote the Principles in your own country. Then, let us know what your
plan is, so we can link and re-broadcast your efforts.

The organizers of the Day We Fight Back are:

    Demand Progress
    Internet Taskforce
    Free Press

The organizers of the international action center are:

    Amnesty International USA
    Access (International)
    Anti-vigilancia (Brasil)
    Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Argentina)
    Asociacion de Internautas - Spain (Spain)
    Asociación Colombiana de Usuarios de Internet (Colombia)
    Bolo Bhi (Pakistan)
    CCC (Germany)
    ContingenteMX (Mexico)
    CIPPIC (Canada)
    Digitale Gesellschaft (Germany)
    Digital Courage (Germany)
    Electronic Frontier Foundation (International)
    Electronic Frontiers Australia (Australia)
    Hiperderecho (Peru)
    ICT Consumers Association of Kenya
    Open Rights Group (UK)
    OpenMedia.org (Canada/International)
    OpenNet Korea (South Korea)
    Panoptykon Foundation (Poland)
    Privacy International (International)
    PEN International (International)
    TEDIC (Paraguay)
    RedPaTodos (Colombia)
    ShareDefense (Balkans)

The Internet’s spies have spent too long listening on our most private
thoughts and fears. Now it’s time they really heard us. If you share our
anger, share the principles: and fight back.

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