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For Immediate Release
Monday, May 5, 2014

Tech companies, diverse organizations, thousands of individuals announce plan to 'Reset the Net' on anniversary of first Snowden surveillance story

Popular companies and sites including reddit, imgur, DuckDuckGo, CREDO Mobile, and BoingBoing stand with diverse coalition of organizations, plan to announce security improvements while thousands of Internet users oppose mass surveillance by adopting encryption technology

Reset the Net - June 5, 2014Today, a coalition of thousands of Internet users, companies and organizations launched a campaign for a day of action to "Reset The Net" on June 5, 2014, the anniversary of the first NSA surveillance story revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Tens of thousands of internet activists, companies and organizations committed to preserving free speech and basic rights on the Internet by taking steps to shutting off the government's mass surveillance capabilities.

Watch the campaign video and see a full list of participants here: http://ResetTheNet.org

More than 20 organizations and companies support the launch of the campaign, including Fight For The Future (who initiated the campaign) along with reddit, CREDO Mobile, Imgur, Greenpeace, Libertarian Party, FireDogLake, Thunderclap, DuckDuckGo, Disconnect.Me, Demand Progress, Access, Free Press, Restore the Fourth, AIDS Policy Project, PolitiHacks, OpenMedia, Free Software Foundation, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Code Pink, Popular Resistance, Participatory Politics Foundation, BoingBoing, Public Knowledge, Amicus, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Student Net Alliance, and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Organizations and companies across the technology industry and political spectrum oppose the bulk collection of data on all internet users. Reset The Net is a day of action to secure and encrypt the web to shut out the government's mass surveillance capabilities.

The Reset The Net website details the coalition of companies and organizations which are participating, either by improving their own security for users or promoting privacy tools to their members. Internet users are invited to join in on the day of Reset The Net to install privacy and encryption tools and secure their personal digital footprint against intrusive surveillance.

Below are statements by representatives of several organizations participating in Reset The Net.

For a complete list, go to https://www.resetthenet.org/

To schedule an interview with an organizer from one of these groups, contact:
Tiffiniy Cheng or Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Phone: 978-852-6457, 413-367-6255
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

"Freedom to be yourself is everything. No government can take that away from us, so we're going to use the power we have to take it back," said Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, "Now that we know how mass surveillance works, we know how to stop it. That's why people all over the world are going to work together to use encryption everywhere and make it too hard for any government to conduct mass surveillance. There are moments in history where people and organizations must choose whether to stand on the side of freedom or tyranny. On June 5th, the Internet will show which side it's on."

"We can take back control of our personal and private data one website, one device, one Internet user at a time," said Erik Martin, General Manager of reddit, "We're proud to stand up for our users' rights and help Reset the Net."

"A year after Snowden's shocking revelations, the NSA is still spying on innocent Americans without a warrant," said Michael Kieschnick, CEO of CREDO Mobile. "CREDO will continue to demand Congress and the president take action to stop unconstitutional mass warrantless surveillance, and until we win real reform, we will encourage users to adopt encryption tools to protect their personal communications from government abuse of the 1st and 4th amendment."

"A year ago, the world awakened to the reality that the freedom, openness, and security of the internet is gravely at risk. In the wake of mass spying revelations, it is becoming ever more clear that robust encryption practices must be used by all internet platforms in order to protect the privacy of internet users," said Amie Stepanovich, Senior Policy Counsel at Access. "Access has launched the Data Security Action Plan, which outlines actionable steps that can be taken to protect against unauthorized surveillance - we hope that companies will use the Action Plan as a guide as they look for ways to help Reset the Net."

"As the NSA and other intelligence authorities continue to undermine the basic security of the Internet ecosystem, it's become clear that we need to build new legal and technical firewalls against overreaching government surveillance," said Kevin Bankston, Policy Director of New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "The Open Technology Institute is excited to support Reset the Net and highlight the need for all of us--both individual internet users and the companies that serve them--to take full advantage of encryption and other security tools that can help protect our private data against snoops, spies, criminals and creeps."

"The Libertarian Party enthusiastically joins Reset the Net," said Carla Howell, Political Director for the Libertarian National Committee. "Over thirty Libertarian candidates running for federal office this year have pledged to shut down the NSA and invite Edward Snowden to return home a free man. He should be granted an immediate presidential pardon, awarded the American Medal of Freedom, and applauded for blowing the whistle on the NSA's abuse of the Constitution."

Joe Hall of Center for Democracy and Technology said, "Legal and architectural changes to push back against mass surveillance happen very slowly, but all of us with a computer, an app, or a website can take matters in our own hands now and Reset the Net from the bottom up."

Steve Anderson, Executive Director of OpenMedia.org, said: "At the end of the day, we're going to have to create accountability for governments that are spying on their citizens. And it's sad that people feel they need to route around what their government is doing - this shows just how far governments have grown out of touch with their citizens. It's so important that people speak out in any way they can about surveillance, and using encryption technologies is one way to do that."

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Fight for the Future works to excite the Internet to fight for the public good, our basic rights and freedoms. Founded in 2011, we're known for effective, viral organizing and mass engagement through the distributed organizing platforms we've built, including the SOPA protests in the winter of 2011-2012 and the Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.