Free Press, BoingBoing, Reddit and Mozilla are among a number of organisations taking part in The Day We Fight Back – a protest against US security agency the NSA and mass surveillance.
The collaboration is encouraging internet users, companies and organisations to sign up to the fight back pledge and use social media channels to spread the word. In addition, speaking events will take place in various locations across the world to bring people up to speed with the latest information on the culture of mass digital surveillance exposed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
In a blog post, Reddit stated: “Today we must fight back against mass, suspicionless surveillance. Today we must protect both our civil liberties and the digital tools connecting us all.
“In addition to individual privacy issues, these surveillance programs are damaging for online businesses like reddit. These programs undermine the basic freedom, innovation, and economic opportunity that the Internet enables.
“Fortunately, there are real opportunities for reform, but they need our support. Please consider joining us in taking action today. Together we can push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we can make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.”
Josh Levy of Free Press added: “Since the first revelations last summer, hundreds of thousands of Internet users have come together online and offline to protest the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs.
“These programs attack our basic rights to connect and communicate in private, and strike at the foundations of democracy itself. Only a broad movement of activists, organizations and companies can convince Washington to restore these rights.”
Supporting the campaign is agency Happiness Brussels, which has launched Spy On The NSA to give the organisation “a taste of its own medicine”.