‘The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance is February 11th, 2014’

From Electronic Frontier Foundation action page:  

‘In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. A year ago this month one of that movement’s leaders, Aaron Swartz, tragically passed away.

Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action.

Now, on the anniversary of Aaron’s passing, and in celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA that he helped make possible, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

If you’re in the US: Thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress. Plans may change, but we intend to ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.

If you’re not in the US: Visitors will be asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections.

We’re creating embeddable banners and widgets that you’ll be able to add to your site to encourage visitors to participate in the day of action. The photo above is just a draft – the final design is yet to come.

Sign up here if you have a site that can participate and we’ll let you know how to implement a widget when they’re ready. And if you work at a tech company or startup, lobby the management and ask them to join too.

If you’re not in the US: Visitors will be asked to urge their local representatives to institute privacy protections.’

Further suggestions are: Tell the World (avatar tweaks), social networking graphics,join the conversation on Reddit, and Be Creative.  More background can be found here at EFF’s deeplinks.

The Day We Fight Back on Twitter.

Besides the USA Freedom Act, Shahid Buttar is recommending:

‘The Surveillance State Repeal Act, introduced in the House by former House intelligence Chairman (and Princeton physics professor) Rush Holt (D-NJ), would come the closest, by repealing the PATRIOT act and the FISA amendments act of 2008 entirely. Among the reform proposals that have been introduced, it may be the only one that reaches the sphere of what former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld described as the “unknown unknowns” that continue to impede efforts to restore the rule of law, transparency, and accountability to the national security state.’

Amy Goodman and friends discuss the film and Aaron’s story here (42 minutes).

And tonight is this year’s version of Theater of the SOTU, we will be hearing another iteration of wahn-wahn-wahn, and iamapopulistnowandwillgotothematforraisingtheminimumwageandfightingforlongtermlazyUIbenefits
becauseit’spoliticallyexpedientbeforethemidtermelectionsreformtheNSA!reformreformreformlazy
nogoodnikAmericansandGodblessAmerikaPSI’mgonnaendthewarinAfghanistanattheendoftheyear
allrighteeandpooppoopadoopandfuckyouverymuch.

Zo…if you are so inclined to watch (gagmewithaspoon):

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party invites the public to participate in an online chat during President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 28, on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The State of the Union broadcast, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page. A chat box will for the discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video.

I’ve been receiving SOTU emails from the White House all week featuring adorable videos designed to cause me to see…er…how virile, inclusive of us, and ready to whip inequalityyour President is.  This one was included without explanation, so I can only conclude that Joe Dolce’s been teaching Obomba to perform his song for us tonight.  Works for me, Mr. President; I reckon you’ll change the lyrics a li’l bit.

(cross-posted soon at My.firedoglake.com)

10 responses to “‘The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance is February 11th, 2014’

  1. DEM gott-Vaterland paean?

  2. que? (sorry)

    whassa matter you? :P no speaka english?

  3. OK, Socialist Alternative to the SOTU
    Kshama Sawant, priceless. (hope I get this right)

    Brightened my -35F windchill morning.
    Enjoy

  4. I could Not be a fart of SOTU, particularly the Carney Magna Farta
    acute Cheese-cutting charade; since the whole scene has likewise
    descended from Orwellian into the Fellinian (e.g., the ‘Be a Part …’
    video depiction at 0:45, when Orally Flatulent Obum had it all, ala
    the US electorate; then, squandered it for Less Than NAUGHT). And
    so, in plain English, a Re-Public response to jejune JingObama – “How
    to subjugate the Barackoon ‘burb, USchwitz:
    Barack –
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=SOTU+overhead+photo&id=BE7361CFC
    5B2E0A861201E0365BD516B9A981018&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=BE7361CFC
    5B2E0A861201E0365BD516B9A981018&selectedIndex=0

    Baroque – http://blogs.marketwatch.com/themargin/2013/11/25/jamie-
    dimon-makes-a-right-royal-dinner-at-buckingham-palace/

    Broke – http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/15415547/

    then, it’s OFFSHORE to exile in Hawaii, where we’ll FukusHima BACK
    for his follies!” Ala Joe’s Dolce merta performance. Capisce?

  5. ‘we need a break from capitalism’. whoosh. okay, she had two key issues and ran with them, not one. :) 60% want a third party; at least a viable one, eh? workers and affinity groups. yes: the afl-cio spokesperson lauded his sotu (asshat).

    yes, a great rebuttal, but i’d have had her mention chelsea manning, wouldn’t you? and yep; i’m working on more civilian drone murders in pakistan.

    thanks a lot, nonquixote.

    Added on edit: remember my er…kerfuffles with inoilfield hell? got into more on cmaukonen’s creepy (imo, of course) post about his possible misinterpretation of russell brand’s recent interview hint to ‘make the revolution sexy’. he got very frustrated with a few of us, and now his account has been deleted, whether by his choice or not, we do not know. he called US sexists. my stars. :)

  6. jayzus, the homeless and dog photo is hard to look away from, bruce. telling aerial sotu photos, as well. dimon rented the palace? but not really…

    yep, got objections? shudduppa yo face. idiots even stole ‘big block of cheese day’ from the aaron sorkin west wing series. sheesh. virtual town hall instagrams comin’ to a theater near…exposed electoral districts, i reckon.

  7. i happened upon this link from a diary i did some time ago, it’s also about aerial views. drone’s eye views, documented.

    http://dronestagram.tumblr.com/

  8. Round full circle to Feb. 11 fight-back day! Obviously, there’s also overwhelming evidence of crimes against humanity, as ill. Better a bang in response, than a whimper. I’m gonna showa-uppa my face for the 2/11 show-down!

  9. > OK, Socialist Alternative to the SOTU
    > Kshama Sawant

    Love being represented by this socialist!

  10. good on you, bruce!

    and eek; sawant IS on your city’s council. how bloody brilliant!

    crimes against humanity. hmmm. it may take another day or two, but i’m working on a piece about indirect evidence (ha) that the obomba administration pressured pakistan or the FATA at least to withhold mention of the names and status, ie, ‘civilian or combatant’ from their report of those killed by drones.

    i keep having to go do chores due to the overwhelming force of the photos, as well as the despicable nature of the cia and this administration. only we can stop them, or some outside force.

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