by Xenia Makridou

To all the Internet Defense League members,

Cat Signal! – Tuesday, February 11th 2014

‘Two years ago, Internet users rose up and won the fight against SOPA and PIPA. One year ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was a leader in these protests, tragically took his own life. In celebration of our huge win against SOPA and in memory of Aaron, we are helping coordinate a mass day of protest against mass surveillance to take place on February 11th.

It’s called The Day We Fight Back. This Tuesday, more than 4,000 websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress to oppose mass government surveillance. Since the day Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s cynical abuse of the Internet we’ve been building a mass movement of Internet users to meet government surveillance head on. On Tuesday, the Internet will show its power to defend itself from threats once again.

If you’ve already got the Internet Defense League’s “all campaigns” code installed, you’re all set! The “cat signal” will be raised at midnight on Feb 11th.

Will you join?  You can help pass the USA Freedom Act, which would move us in the right direction and restrict some of the spying, defeat the so-called “FISA Improvements Act”, which would entrench – and potentially expand – NSA spying, create additional privacy protections to protect the human rights of those outside the U.S. and end the NSA’s subversion of encryption and other data security measures.’

If you don’t have a website, you can still tell the world you’re taking on the NSA. Post on social media, make and share a meme, link to a NSA-related story, or organize a protest. Anything you can do helps. SPREAD THE WORD!

Now the time has come to once again fight back against mass surveillance. Are you in?