TOMORROW: Digital activists plan to flood Congress with calls opposed to the EARN IT Act

Posted June 29, 2020, 4:07 PM

550,000 people have signed Fight for the Future’s petition urging members of Congress to reject the EARN IT Act, and now the non-profit group is driving calls to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of a key procedural vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2020
CONTACT: press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on whether or not the EARN IT Act will move forward in the legislative process. Legal experts and privacy proponents warn that the EARN IT Act is an unconstitutional attempt to undermine encryption services that protect our free speech and security online. 

So on Tuesday, June 30, digital rights group Fight for the Future is urging Internet users everywhere to call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to reject the EARN IT Act. Anyone interested in participating can visit NoEarnitAct.org/call and enter their phone number to be automatically connected to all 22 Senators responsible for the fate of the EARN IT Act. Tech companies like Mozilla and Tumblr will support the effort by spreading awareness and driving people to NoEarnitAct.org/call throughout the week.

“The EARN IT Act will make everyone in America less safe,” said Dayton Young, Product Director at Fight for the Future (pronouns: he/him). “This dangerous legislation grants the government sweeping new powers to destroy online encryption and spy on every email, text message, and DM we send. Not only does that put us all at risk of invasive government surveillance, but it leaves our digital infrastructure vulnerable to malicious hackers and state-sponsored attacks. We simply can’t allow the EARN IT Act to become law.”

In addition to calling all 22 members of the Senate Judiciary committee on June 30, Fight for the Future is also asking people to sign a petition urging all members of Congress to reject the EARN IT Act. The petition recently went viral, attracting more than 550,000 signatures. To sign the petition — or to learn more about what’s happening on June 30 — please visit NoEarnitAct.org/call.

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