Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's time to Reset the Net

Last July, Edward Snowden blew the lid off of the largest government mass surveillance program in history. The classified internal NSA documents Snowden leaked showed a government that is out of control, drunk with power, and with a total disregard for the law or Constitution.

Through the leaks, we saw a picture emerge of a National Security Agency hell-bent on collecting every bit of information about our lives and, in particular, our lives on the Internet. Some estimates say that the NSA was/is capturing up to 75% of Internet traffic flowing through and within the United States. And it doesn't matter if it's traffic from a US citizen to another US citizen or not. They don't care; they want it all.

That's why it's time for a reset. We need to stand up and take direct action against mass surveillance and take concrete steps to protect our privacy and the privacy of our fellow citizens. Large companies like Google and Microsoft have taken steps, but they mean nothing if we users don't do the same.

On June 5th, Fight for the Future is sponsoring an Internet-wide event called "Reset The Net" that will help spread the word about tools we can use to fight back. While we can't fight targeted surveillance, we can put a stop to the sweeping gathering of everyone's information.

If you're a website owner, it's important that you participate. Please visit the Reset The Net homepage and sign up to get involved. Participating is simple and easy and has the potential to make an enormous difference. Let's face it, the politicians we've elected can't be trusted to protect us. It's up to us and we have the tools to do it.

So let's do it! Let's "Reset the Net"!

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