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By NICOLE PERLROTH February 11, 2014, 9:13 pm
So much for mass protest.

A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency. The group called Tuesday, “The Day We Fight Back,” and encouraged websites to join an online campaign modeled after protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect I.P. Act two years ago, when sites like Reddit and Wikipedia and companies like Google and Facebook helped successfully topple antipiracy legislation.

Instead, the protest on Tuesday barely registered. Wikipedia did not participate. Reddit — which went offline for 12 hours during the protests two years ago — added an inconspicuous banner to its homepage. Sites like Tumblr, Mozilla and DuckDuckGo, which were listed as organizers, did nothing to their homepages. The most vocal protesters were the usual suspects: activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.

The eight major technology companies — Google, Microsoft, Facebook, AOL, Apple, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn — that joined forces in December in a public campaign to “reform government surveillance” only participated Tuesday insofar as having a joint website flash the protest banner.

A promotional video from the organizers of “The Day We Fight Back.”

The difference may be explained by the fact that two years ago, the Internet powerhouses were trying to halt new legislation. On Tuesday, people were being asked to reverse a secret, multi-billion dollar surveillance effort by five countries that has been in place for nearly a decade.

And unlike 2012, when the goal was simply to block the passage of new bills, the goal of the protests on Tuesday were more muddled. This time around, participants were urged to flash a banner on their sites that urged visitors to call their congressional representative in support of the U.S.A. Freedom Act — a bill sponsored by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, which seeks to reform the N.S.A.’s metadata database. They were also asked to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, a bill proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would help legalize the N.S.A.’s metadata collection program.

All was not lost. By late Tuesday, some 70,000 calls had been placed to legislators and roughly 150,000 people had sent their representatives an email. But on privacy forums and Reddit, significant discussions failed to materialize.

“Online petitions,” one Reddit user wrote of the protest. “The very least you can do, without doing nothing.”

Nsane was among the 6000 website? Only Nsane Management Team would have the answer :)

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Say day indeed when no-one cares. :(

You meant sad day, right? :think: In that case, Like :)

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The Day We Fought Back: by the numbers
Thanks to everyone who participated on Tuesday. Together we demonstrated that activists, organizations, and companies can work in unison to fight mass surveillance, and laid a foundation for escalation over months to come.
Below are some numbers that quantify how we did* on Tuesday.

* The figures below represent a lower bound - at least tens of thousands of people took action independently and using tools on other sites. The statistics below do not account for that activity.

People saw the banner
Over 24 million Americans and 13 million non-Americans saw The Day We Fight Back banner on Tuesday.

Emails sent
185,000 Americans registered to send over 555,000 emails, two each to their two Senators and one to their Representative.
Calls completed
The total number of completed calls reached 89,000 and another 7,000 calls went uncompleted because some legislators turned off their voicemail inboxes.

245,000 people internationally signed the necessaryandproportionate.org petition to demand privacy as a human right. Another 56,000 joined petitions on causes.com and change.org.

Homepage visitors
The banner, social media and at least 6,000 websites drove over 1 million unique visitors to the homepage.

Facebook shares
This just the number of times the website itself was shared on Facebook.

This is just the number of times the thedaywefightback.org was shared on Twitter. #StopSpying and #StopTheNSA were trending on Twitter during the afternoon.

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