This post, written by Activism Director Rainey Reitman, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Jan. 10.
In January 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed its first lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of National Security Agency mass surveillance.
In January 2012, the Internet rose up to protest and defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), legislation that sought to censor the Internet in the name of copyright enforcement.
And in January of last year, EFF lost a dear friend and fierce digital rights advocate, Aaron Swartz. EFF vowed to defend the rights of Internet users everywhere in his memory.
Now EFF has a new challenge: ending mass surveillance by the NSA.
The Edward Snowden revelations have provided disturbing details and confirmation of some of EFF’s worst fears about NSA spying. The NSA is undermining basic encryption standards, the very backbone of the Internet. It has collected the phone records of hundreds of millions of people not suspected of any crime. It has swept up the electronic communications of millions of people indiscriminately, exploiting the digital technologies we use to connect and inform.
But EFF isn’t going to let the NSA ruin the Internet. Inspired by the memory of Swartz and fueled by its victory against SOPA, EFF is joining forces with a coalition of liberty-defending organizations to fight back against NSA spying.
Today, on the eve of the anniversary of Swartz’s death, EFF asks you to join them in stepping up to the plate once again. Bring your creativity, your networks, your art and your dedication; and join EFF in a month of action, culminating in an Internet-wide protest on Feb. 11.
Join EFF. Fight back.