Tuesday, 11th February marks the day when organisations around the world join together in opposition to mass Internet spying.
The date is exactly one year and one month from the death of Aaron Swartz, who took his own life after years of political activism and work in the world of technology.
He helped guide the movement which defeated the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ in January 2012 – a landmark victory against a bill that would have blocked access to user-generated content and changed the internet as we know it today.
‘The Day We Fight Back’ is not just to remember Swartz’s memory though – it’s a chance for millions around the world to put pressure on lawmakers to act against mass online surveillance.
The National Security Agency (NSA) in America and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom are amongst international groups using online surveillance to track people across the web, but growing numbers are raising their voice against the tactic.
Mozilla, Reddit and Free Press are just some of the companies lending their name to the fight, whilst authors and Nobel Prize winners have also shown their hand in opposition.
The International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance is a 13-point plan laid out by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to provide a robust set of guidelines, and people are being encouraged to support this call for stronger legal protections.
More commonly known as ‘The Necessary and Proportionate Principles’, these points are readily available for anyone to read, and subsequently sign-up to the growing numbers petitioning against the current laws.
To find out more information, visit The EFF website by clicking HERE
To read the 13 principles, click HERE
To add your name to the petition, click HERE
You can also show your support on Twitter using the hashtag: #thedaywefightback