Opponents of the NSA’s sweeping surveillance programs are keeping the pressure on: The Day We Fight Back, a day of online protests to oppose mass spying, is scheduled for Tuesday.
Even though the movement is mainly aimed at pushing the U.S. government to take action, more than 5,000 websites from around the world have committed to participating in some way to speak up for privacy protections. Some notable names taking part include the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, and the Libertarian Party, which will run banners on their websites asking users to write their legislators and raise hell.
The effort comes about two years after a big Internet campaign helped defeat SOPA and a similar measure. The Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA (Protect IP Act) were anti-piracy legislation that could have resulted in censorship and government overreach. Tens of thousands of websites, including Google and Wikipedia, took part in the protest — which as we wrote also paved the way for similar activism, including tomorrow’s effort.