Today is the Day That Contra-Attack: Global Action to Protect Internet Spying

It is today a global campaign to focus efforts and show governments that is not OK poking around in our emails on the Internet. Called The Day We Fight Back (or, in the Brazilian version, The Day Counter-Attack), the act is a tribute to Aaron Swartz and a reminder that, as SOPA was prevented, espionage can be.

The programmer Aaron Swartz was a free internet enthusiastic and committed suicideon January 11 last year. The cause was pointed depression resulting from processes that had been facing for having had access and made ​​the download of thousands of documents from MIT. He was one of the leaders of the movement against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which could block access to various production and content sharing sites to protect copyright. He was overthrown in January 2012; you might remember the blackout of internet at the time.

The intent of the motion scheduled for today is similar to that other: drawing attention around the world to a problem that can not be ignored and to make that clear to the rulers.

To participate, just help promote both the Day What Contraindications We attack as the reasons why it exists, educating the people you know about the implications of espionage carried out by the NSA and other government agencies.

The letter of 13 Principles is ideal for this: it is explained 13 topics that warrant monitoring of communications without violation of human rights. It may not be necessary to say, but the right to privacy is one of them and has not been respected by the NSA and other government agencies.

Among the 13 Principles are mandatory action legality, being explained by law in what situations of individual privacy is limited, a legitimate reason and interest of the whole society so that espionage is made, and only the necessary can be monitored, and the notification of the individual who has the right to know what is being watched.

A number of Brazilian organizations have already signed the 13 Principles, as actants, Art Outside the Museum, the Brazilian Association Digital Inclusion Centers, Brazilian Institute of Consumer Protection, Institute Welfare Brazil, Brazilian Institute Of Information Technology Law  and several others, including linked to universities, such asUnicamp and USP .

Even without being part of an organization, you can also subscribe to register your support. And even without a website, can help promote it: the action site in Brazil brings a list of possibilities, from sharing in social networks to creating memes and especially the strengthening of the agenda national in respect internet, the Civil Marco – today is a good day to do that pressure in Brasilia and remember that we are waiting for a text that protect our privacy on the web.