June 5, 2014
One year after Edward Snowden went public with documents revealing the immense scope of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the 30-year-old whistleblower is encouraging American citizens to take part in Reset the Net today.
The Reset the Net campaign, a bid to persuade website owners and app creators to increase the security of their services, by adding SSL, HSTS and PFS, is being hosted by several technology companies and privacy advocate groups.
Snowden is urging Americans to stop asking “for your privacy. Take it back.”
“Today, we can begin the work of effectively shutting down the collection of our online communications, even if the US Congress fails to do the same,” Snowden said in a statement. “That’s why I’m asking you to join me on June 5th for Reset the Net, when people and companies all over the world will come together to implement the technological solutions that can put an end to the mass surveillance programs of any government. This is the beginning of a moment where we the people begin to protect our universal human rights with the laws of nature rather than the laws of nations.”
Reset the Net is being spearheaded by Reddit, Imgur, BoingBoing and DuckDuckGo along with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, to name a few.
The event is not just for introducing security newbies to encryption, however. Sites that have already incorporated SSL, HSTS and PFS are being encouraged to run a “splash screen” on their home webpage today endorsing NSA-resistant free software for end-to-end encryption.
Those interested in taking part are being asked to sign an online pledge to take part in the current as well as future campaigns to fight for online privacy.
Snowden said he is “excited” for Reset the Net.
“We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance,” he said, adding that the event will “mark the moment when we turn political expression into practical action, and protect ourselves on a large scale.”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.