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Global internet users demand an end to mass surveillance on “The day we fight back”

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (APC)

PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Global internet users demand an end to mass surveillance on “The day we fight back”
International community unites to protest big brother on February 11

Internet rights organisations, civil-society groups, authors, and internet users across six continents take to the digital streets to demand an end to mass surveillance on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

Last June NSA contractor Edward Snowden began releasing documents detailing the alarming, intelligence-gathering operations conducted by the US, UK and other partner nations. The revelations that mass surveillance by governments knows no bounds have galvanised people around the world, leading to condemnations from world leaders and a UN General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, as well as a massive supported initiative which proposes 13 “necessary and proportionate” principles to protect human rights and privacy.

“Tensions between our rights and state power have reached an unprecedented level. The rule of law, as a cornerstone of democracy and the main framework for the promotion and exercise of human rights, is now considered highly relative. The validity of human rights and freedoms online are being increasingly subordinated to the implementation of the national security doctrine, which is reminiscent of the times of the Cold War, only more sophisticated and complex,” said Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, explaining why APC joined the day of action.

“Secrecy surrounding surveillance practices, programs and systems that operate behind the backs of citizens, as well as the total lack of accountability (not only to citizens but among different state powers) has become the norm. We must reverse this trend,” she concluded.

Individuals and organisations throughout the world are joining “The day we fight back.” APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives in the Philipines is co-organising a day of mass action against the country’s draconian Cybercrime Prevention Act, including a protest at the Supreme Court, a viral “selfie” campaign, and a “sticker bombing.” APC’s Take back the tech! initiative is also joining the day of action by inviting its community to speak out on social media.

More information
The Day We Fight Back campaign
Thirteen principles, Necessary and proportionate

Media contact
Analía Lavin
New York City
analia@apc.org
+1 347 986 7419

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