'We Are Resetting the Net to Shut Off Mass Surveillance'

To mark the one-year anniversary of the first reporting based on information revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on June 5, 2013, privacy advocates, organizations, and technology companies all over the world on Thursday are participating in ‘—an online day of action in which participants pledge to take real steps to protect online freedoms and fight back against mass surveillance.

“We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance.”
—Edward Snowden

“Don’t ask for your privacy,” sounds the call issued by the campaign. “Take it back.”

Coordinated by a broad coalition of policy organizations and activist groups, and initiated by Fight For the Future, ” calls on websites, app developers, organizations, and individual internet users to promote what they call “privacy packs” so that people everywhere can have better access to online privacy and encryption tools.

On Wednesday, as a way to show its support for the day, internet giant Google announced new end-to-end encryption methods for its widely used Gmail service.

Websites, tech companies, and advocacy organizations of all stripes—including Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Common Dreams and scores of others—have all signed on and pledged to improve their privacy protections for their members and users.

As just one example, Josh Levy, of media reform group Free Press, described what actions his group is taking in a blog post on Wednesday:

And Snowden himself released the following statement in support of the day and its mission:

Other participants were sharing their support on Twitter using the #resetthenet hashtag:

Tweets about “#resetthenet”

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