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Protest NSA mass surveillance: Add your voice

Since the start of 2012, when the SOPA legislation was defeated by a grassroots opposition movement led by large Internet companies, political power over the information resources that Internet represents has shifted. Ordinary people and the companies they use have become a force for change, or at least to oppose restrictions on individual rights. This week we have a chance to make a real difference again, in the critical area of reforming the law governing mass surveillance.

Why we need to fight back

With the formation of the I2C, the hosting industry is joining forces to take positions opposing bad policies like SOPA. As a founding member, Gandi regularly contributes to lobbing efforts, and helps to guide the public policy of the coalition, including efforts to reform ECPA, the CFAA, and in the fight against patent trolls. These are essential issues: we need to fight for the right of individuals to use the awesome power of the Internet to make the world a better place though communication, activism, and innovation.

Thomas revolts

The Snowden Effect

We always knew we were spied on, but now it’s legal? Edward Snowden revealed that US citizens are routinely spied on for no cause, with no warrant. Our phone records are archived, and our conversations in email and online are kept - all without our knowledge or consent. Our favorite companies have their data streams hacked without their knowledge, and are coerced into sharing user data with the NSA, and legally muzzled from public disclosure of these revelations. We know this is wrong, and that the existence of these data troves in the hands of the government will lead to unacceptable abuse. The level and scope of information gathering goes far beyond the fight against terrorists. This level of surveillance represents abuse of power.

What Snowden revealed is that the surveillance the NSA is doing is excessive. It is also probably illegal under existing law, and certainly raises constitutional concerns. This is a problem. No one will be held accountable for the inevitable abuses that will result (if they have not already) until and unless the law is clear. Our rights to privacy have to be respected. Security can be maintained without trampling the freedoms that the NSA is supposed to be protecting.

Today we fight back

It’s time to make meaningful reform a priority. Gandi will do its part, and asks you to join us in asking the US Congress to pass the USA FREEDOM Act. Visit the Day We Fight Back web site now, and take action to keep your online data safe from warrantless surveillance.