On Feb. 11, 2014, in honor of the dual-anniversaries of Aaron Swartz’s death and the SOPA Internet blackout, there will be a global day of action in opposition to mass surveillance. We are proud to be one of the core organizers, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, DemandProgress, Mozilla, Reddit, and many others.
You can help make this the biggest protest since Edward Snowden's revelations began last year.
The event is well-timed to get real reform moving in the US, to spark actual debate/discussion elsewhere, and to contribute momentum to the buildup of events later this year like the upcoming Brazil Meeting on Internet Governance.
On “The Day We Fight Back,” millions of Internet users will make their voices heard. We will call and e-mail lawmakers demanding reform to the laws that are being used to justify massive human rights violations on a global scale. We will endorse new principles for privacy and security online. Owners of websites will install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance, and employees of technology companies will ask that their organizations do the same. Internet users are being asked to develop memes and change their social media avatars to reflect their demands.
The date has been set. Now we need to rally together to make this a unifying movement.
Here are some things you can do:
Reach out to individuals you know who run websites, especially high-traffic web platforms and talk to them about participating.
Promote via your social media and in online communities or lists you participate in.
Sign up your personal website to participate.
Convince your employer to join us and other companies like Reddit, Mozilla and Tumblr in participating.
Thoughtworks acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live, and their continued connection to Country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were the world's first scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.
As a company, we invite Thoughtworkers to be actively engaged in advancing reconciliation and strengthen their solidarity with the First Peoples of Australia. Since 2019, we have been working with Reconciliation Australia to formalize our commitment and take meaningful action to advance reconciliation. We invite you to review our Reconciliation Action Plan.