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The value of privacy is something that most people can appreciate but there are those that wish to systematically dismantle this basic human right. Today, however, in a battle to mirror and celebrate the fight against SOPA and its inspiration Aaron Swartz, the Internet will tell the NSA and their mass surveillance partners that erosion of freedoms will never be accepted.

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Two years ago, websites including Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and the one you’re reading now, took drastic action to protect the Internet. In an inspiring show of collective defiance, hundreds of websites went dark to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, a rising piece of legislation with the potential to increase censorship and hamper innovation.

Sparked and guided by Aaron Swartz, the end result of the movement was nothing short of ground-breaking. The unity shown on January 18, 2012, led to Congress backing down and forcing some of the world’s most powerful copyright-focused companies into retreat. SOPA was done, but an even bigger issue was just around the corner.

Revelations by Edward Snowden, that unveiled a shocking level of mass surveillance being carried out by the U.S. government and its allies, caused turmoil around the world. Their plan was to become the all-seeing all-knowing eye, spying on communications everywhere and sucking up mind-boggling quantities of electronic data both on-and-offline.

These authorities now routinely spy on the Internet, telephone calls and other communication channels used by their very own citizens, undermining the basic level of privacy people believed would be upheld by their own democratically elected governments. The mantra that those who have nothing to hide have nothing to worry about holds no water, as entities including the NSA and GCHQ systematically spy wherever they like, whether their targets are suspected of crimes or not.

But today is a special day. Thousands of websites, this one included, will join together to demand progress towards restoring our right to privacy and the reigning in of mass surveillance. Two years after the historic SOPA protests, The Day We Fight Back has arrived.

Today’s anti-surveillance web protest, held in memory of hacktivist Aaron Swartz, is being headed up by a coalition including Demand Progress, Access, EFF, and sites such as Reddit, Mozilla and BoingBoing. It provides an unprecedented opportunity to fight back against the greatest invasion of privacy the world has ever known.

“Today the greatest threat to a free Internet, and broader free society, is the National Security Agency’s mass spying regime,” says David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress.

“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.”

While Aaron is tragically no longer with us, all Internet users concerned about the activities of the NSA can step up to the front lines and fight back with a few clicks.

1. Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
2. Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
3. Install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance.
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.

While a large proportion of Internet users have been blind-sided by the revelations of the past year, being monitored is something that those connected to the file-sharing scene have become aware of for a decade or more. Privacy solutions have existed for some time but it took the launch of the Pirate Party-affiliated Relakks VPN service in 2006 to really boost the awareness of encrypted communications in the file-sharing space. Today, privacy companies including Private Internet Access and BlackVPN will join the protests.

Many hundreds of thousands – millions – of file-sharers and other privacy conscious individuals currently and routinely encrypt their communications in order to mitigate the effects of online spying. But while that’s a good day-to-day solution, more needs to be done.

Fighting back requires people to contact politicians and lawmakers and urge them to engage on the issues of cyber surveillance and other dangers to the free Internet. But be warned. Unlike the fight against SOPA this battle won’t be over in a month or two. The Day We Fight Back will go on for much, much longer.

Source: TorrentFreak

I've already signed. :thumbsup: :rockon:

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Just changed my Browsing Habbits and took some Needed Precautions .. Might not be the Best, but thats just me ... Kudos for sharing and Enjoy your day ... Cheers..

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so umm.. yeah, nsa snoopers... but what about gmail, and iphones, and facebook? to name the most obvious, but there's also so many other privacy breaches that go unchecked

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Thats why i said " Needed Precautions " that should be taken ... Be careful to Change and Limit way you use Stuff, either Apps, Programs, or Tech Gadgets that are Connected to the Internet .. Those Buttons and flashes on Social Media are just ways that you could expose youself more .. So long as anything is connected to the Internet, it is Vulnerable .. Cheers

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i personally know 6 people who placed info on their face book pages that should have remained private...one person got fired when the company he worked for found out he was sharing private company info on his page...the other did not get a job when his prospective boss asked if he could check out hi face book page and saw pictures of drug use and very inappropriate behaviour ...one guys wife found he was cheated on her..or at least (rightly so) accused him of cheating...one lost a long time friend over things she said on her page...the rest posted private stuff about themselves and got pissed off at people who" apparently somehow knew" about this info that they posted because in their own words it was none of anybody elses business and told us how greatly offended they felt that we were speaking publicly behind their backs

edit...yes they are monitoring every thing we do...but logically...do they really care about your personal internet use if you are not being one the few targeted as a criminal or a terrorist...no... this does not make it right or ok for them to do this either...but somewhere we somehow he have to force out leaders into seeing the error of their ways...and this statement however true ...is not yet classed as sedition and treason by MOST of our countries.that we live in..to the people who actually do live in country that will put you jail for speaking out against your rulers or your police or your military or your official Church,,,,my sympathies and hopefully true freedoms come your way soon

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