Monday, February 10, 2014

Fight for the Future coordinates an Internet Fight against NSA Surveillance

Who here has gotten the e-mail from Fight for the Future? FFtF is a not for profit that
is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet's transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people. Alongside internet users everywhere we beat back attempts to limit our basic rights and freedoms, and empower people to demand technology (and policy) that serves their interests.
Well, they don't have any problem with self esteem, anyway. Their issues, from their About Us page, listed as posing "major threats to freedom of expression online":

Copyright and patent laws are outdated and overzealous. They hurt artists and innovation, shifting control of our art, media, and ideas to large corporations.
Slow speed and limited access: Lack of competition in the U.S. broadband market has resulted in an Internet system that is among the slowest, most expensive and least available among developed nations.
Tracking and Spying: People can’t express themselves freely online when they feel like they are being watched. In an extreme form, government and corporate surveillance can lead to political repression.
On Feb. 11, they are urging websites to add a banner to their sites
urging people to call/email Congress. We'll 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.
Visit their website to see.

I have mixed feelings about the breadth of their issues. But I do know what I think about the NSA and FISA courts.

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