Our goal is to provide information about the mass surveillance of populations by governments, especially digital surveillance. Surveillance has serious implications for the human rights and civil liberties of individuals and groups across the globe. We have started a long-term conversation with other bloggers about it.
Every alliance member who sets up a permanent page will approach it in his or her own way. The purpose of this page is threefold:
- to compile useful information about the issue,
- to highlight opportunities to take action for reform, and
- to provide a dedicated thread for bloggers who write about this to share their work.
Things You Want to Read
PR Newswire covers a federal class action lawsuit against the U.S. Government.
Chris Fearnly reports on a lawsuit against the UK government that has been fast-tracked by the European Court of Human Rights.
ProPublica’s lawsuit tracker lists surveillance-related court cases going all the way back to 2006 with information on who filed them and their current status. It’s a great resource.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a page with lots of useful information on the history of this issue and their ongoing anti-surveillance projects.
Just for Fun: NSA Haiku Generator. Creates haiku using known NSA search keywords and allows you to tweet or post them to Facebook.
The Day We Fight Back is organizing a day of online protest for Feb. 11, sponsored by a lot of well-known organizations. They even have legislative goals for anyone in the U.S. who would like to call their representatives, and they are requesting information on who to contact in other countries:
If you’re in the US: Thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress. Plans may change, but we intend to ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.
If you’re not in the US: Visitors will be asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections.
How You Can Participate in our Alliance
Stop by and share your thoughts. If you find something you think we’ll like, feel free to drop us a link. If like this idea, share it.
Let us know when you write about it. We care about this. If you link to your work in a comment thread on this page or The Leather Library’s alliance page, we’ll read it and consider sharing. This is not just about the U.S. or the NSA. We want to know what’s happening in other countries, and our media will not tell us. If we find a news on your blog and use as a source, we’ll credit you for the find.
You’re welcome you to put a page dedicated to this issue on your blog and link it to our alliance pages. If you link directly to this page, it will display a pingback so others can find it and I will add you to the “Allies” list.
You can consider joining us in re-blogging when we find things that are important enough to warrant that level of coordination. We aren’t going to re-blog one another every time we write about this. What and when to reblog is always up to the individual blogger, and we like it that way. We will send out requests to our allies to share things from time to time, but they will always be requests.
Copy permission for this page is granted. If you want to do something entirely different, feel free. The only required element is the links to the other alliance pages. We need those so we can browse quickly and see what’s new on one another’s threads.