THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 763, March 23, 2014
We have arrived at a crossroads in history, and
the country stands on the brink of civil war.
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Today, we're launching this: http://ResetTheNet.org
June 5th, 2014: we will Reset the Net and defend free expression from censorship and surveillance. We have the power to do it, but only if we do it together. Are you in?
Read on below, or click here to watch the video and find out how we can all Reset the Net.
Dear Fight for the Future member,
Last Monday, Edward Snowden spoke to a crowd of thousands at SXSW, and it seriously felt like he was reading our minds.
"The NSA is setting fire to the future of the internet," Snowden said, "and you guys are the firefighters." He went on to issue a call to arms for the tech community, saying that "encryption works" as proven by the fact that the U.S. government still has no idea what documents he has provided to journalists (1).
We've been waiting for the right moment to tell you, and we can't wait any longer. We have a plan to stamp out the NSA's fire once and for all: on June 5th, 2014—the anniversary of the first Snowden NSA story—we will Reset the Net, and take our privacy back.
This week we learned in a shocking NY Times story that the FISA court had secretly approved widespread sharing of raw private data across the government (2). It's a long article, and you should read it, but here's the TL;DR: thanks to so-called "Fusion Centers" and secret laws, the local cops in your town have at their fingertips everything about you that the NSA has collected over the past 5 years. Without a warrant.
It gets worse. Yesterday morning we learned that the NSA is using automation to hack and gain control of ‘millions' of computers (3).
Governments have abused the Internet and twisted into something it was never intended to be. They've stolen our most private moments, and with them our most basic freedoms to communicate and be ourselves.
Everyone has been waiting for some resounding action that meets the
problem of government spying head on. This is our moment to rally and
realize our power. We don't need anyone's permission, but we need
everyone's participation. If you're a developer, designer, or
cryptographer and want to help, please reply to this email and get in
Want to help right now? Share this on social media. It's already spreading really fast and you can help push it over the edge!
1) PC Magazine, "6 things Edward Snowden revealed at SXSW"
2) New York Times, How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies' Reach
3) The Intercept, How the NSA plans to Infect ‘Millions' of Computers with Malware
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