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FBI backs down in fight with Apple; Activists still plan to display more than 20,000 comments against backdoors outside courthouse today

Posted 21:38 EDT on March 21, 2016

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March 22, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future and other groups will host a press conference at 11am Tuesday outside the courthouse where the Apple vs FBI hearing would have occurred

RIVERSIDE, CA––Digital rights group Fight for the Future, along with supporters from the ACLU and other groups, will still be gathering outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Riverside today, Tuesday, after the DOJ walked away from their attempt to force Apple to deliberately weaken the security of the iPhone. The group will hold a press conference outside the court at 11:00am PST to discuss the recent developments in the case, and will digitally display comments from more than 20,000 Internet users opposed to government backdoors in encryption.

“The FBI might be running away from their own hearing, but we’re not,” said Jeff Lyon, Chief Technology Officer at Fight for the Future, the group that collected the comments. “We’ll still be outside the courthouse to make sure those people’s voices are heard, because this fight is far from over. Encryption software protects our hospitals, airports, and water treatment facilities. The government’s continued effort to weaken encryption is not just an attack on our civil liberties–it’s a threat to our national security.”

“This case was never about a phone. It was a grab for power,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The FBI already had the capability to hack this phone using forensic tools, but they thought this case would be a slam dunk––a way for them to set a dangerous precedent that they’ve wanted for years. Instead, it appears they’re running away with their tail between their legs, trying to save face while they go. They knew they were going to lose, both in the court of law and the court of public opinion.”

The comments were collected through a major online campaign at SaveSecurity.org, which has already attracted support from several major tech companies and advocacy groups including reddit, Google, Wikimedia, DuckDuckGo, CREDO Mobile, Private Internet Access, Thunderclap, Goldenfrog, the ACLU, Campaign for Liberty, OpenMedia, Access, Freedom of the Press Foundation, as well as notable technology experts including Bruce Schneier and Cory Doctorow.

The FBI canceled their own hearing less than a day before lawyers from the DOJ and Apple were scheduled to square off in Riverside, claiming that they had found another way to break into the iPhone.

Fight for the Future is best known for organizing some of the largest online protests in history, including the SOPA blackout against online censorship, Reset the Net to promote encryption and fight government surveillance, and the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality.

Fight for the Future expert staff are available for interviews about the #SaveSecurity campaign and the broader implications of the Apple vs. FBI court case. Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

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TUESDAY: Digital rights group will display tens of thousands of comments opposed to FBI backdoors outside Apple court hearing

Posted 09:47 EDT on March 20, 2016

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March 20, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future’s #SaveSecurity campaign has already attracted support from reddit, Wikimedia, Google, and nearly 20,000 concerned Internet users

RIVERSIDE, CA––Digital rights group Fight for the Future, along with supporters from the ACLU and other groups, will gather outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Riverside, CA during Tuesday’s hearing in the Apple vs FBI case, to display and read aloud comments from thousands of Internet users opposing the FBI’s demand that Apple weaken iPhone security.

The comments are being collected through a major online campaign at SaveSecurity.org, which has already attracted support from several major tech companies and advocacy groups including reddit, Google, Wikimedia, CREDO Mobile, Private Internet Access, Thunderclap, Goldenfrog, the ACLU, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, as well as notable technology experts including Bruce Schneier and Cory Doctorow.

Advocates will hold a press conference outside the courthouse at 11:00am PST on Tuesday, March 22nd, and another immediately following the hearing, during which an attorney from the ACLU will be present to explain what transpired inside the courtroom. Activists will be present outside the court during this entire time, showing the thousands of comments comments on a digital display and reading them aloud, while carrying banners and signs.

The #SaveSecurity campaign is being coordinated by Fight for the Future, the digital rights group known for organizing many of the largest Web-based protests in history. The same group was behind nearly 50 rapid response protests outside Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month.

“This case is not just about one phone, it’s about the future of safety and security for millions of people all over the world,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “We’ll be outside the courthouse to make sure those people’s voices are heard, because what the government is trying to do in this case doesn’t just threaten our basic rights, it puts all of us in danger. Encryption protects our hospitals, airports, and water treatment facilities. Undermining security risks lives.”

ACLU attorney Alex Abdo added, “The outcome of this case could not be more important for the future of privacy and security in the digital age. If the FBI wins, it will have gained the power to force the tech companies to hack their customers. This is a reckless pursuit that threatens to undermine the security of all our devices, not just the one phone at issue in the case.”

Protesters who gathered outside of Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month carried giant iPhone shaped banners with the message “Secure Phones Save Lives,” echoing the concerns of security experts who largely agree that backdoors in encryption technology actually weaken national security and undermine public safety rather than strengthen it.

Fight for the Future is best known for organizing some of the largest online protests in history, including the SOPA blackout against online censorship, Reset the Net to promote encryption and fight government surveillance, and the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality. 

Fight for the Future expert staff are available for interviews about the #SaveSecurity campaign and the broader implications of the Apple vs. FBI court case. Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

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12,000+ people submit comments to be read & displayed outside Apple vs FBI hearing during first day of #SaveSecurity campaign

Posted 08:52 EDT on March 17, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2016

Fight for the Future will continue collecting comments this week petitioning the U.S. government to back off its demand for dangerous backdoors and weakened security

Less than 24 hours after the launch of the #SaveSecurity campaign opposing backdoors in encryption, more than 12,500 people have already submitted comments to be read and displayed outside the courthouse in Riverside, CA during the next hearing in the high profile case between Apple and the FBI, 1:00pm PST on Tuesday, March 22nd.

The campaign is being coordinated by Fight for the Future, the digital rights group known for organizing many of the largest Web-based protests in history. The group, which was behind nearly 50 rapid response protests outside Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month.

The group will have volunteers outside the U.S. District Court on Tuesday to digitally display the thousands of comments, and read them aloud. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public and decision-makers in Washington, DC about the dangers associated with encryption backdoors and real implications of weakening digital security.

See the new online campaign here: https://wwwSaveSecurity.org

Individuals, organizations, and companies will be able to show support for the campaign and join the online outcry against the FBI’s attack on security by changing their social media avatar or website logo to a “lock” symbol, reminding the government and the public that strong security measures like encryption are saving lives every day. Tweets to the hashtag #SaveSecurity that contain comments related to the case will also be displayed and read aloud outside the courthouse.

“This case is not just about one phone, it’s about the future of safety and security for millions of people all over the world,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “We’ll be outside the courthouse to make sure those people’s voices are heard, because what the government is trying to do in this case doesn’t just threaten our basic rights, it puts all of us in danger. Encryption protects our hospitals, airports, and water treatment facilities. Undermining security risks lives.”

Protesters who gathered outside of Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month carried giant iPhone shaped banners with the message “Secure Phones Save Lives,” echoing the concerns of security experts who largely agree that backdoors in encryption technology actually weaken national security and undermine public safety rather than strengthen it.

Fight for the Future is best known for organizing some of the largest online protests in history, including the SOPA blackout against online censorship, Reset the Net to promote encryption and fight government surveillance, and the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality. The #SaveSecurity action will also rally the Internet Defense League, a network of thousands of websites that support Fight for the Future’s campaigns on an ongoing basis.

Fight for the Future expert staff are available for interviews about the #SaveSecurity campaign and the broader implications of the Apple vs. FBI court case. Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

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#SaveSecurity: digital rights group announces online campaign to oppose U.S. government attack on iPhone security

Posted 07:59 EDT on March 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

#SaveSecurity: digital rights group announces online campaign to oppose U.S. government attack on iPhone security

Fight for the Future will read and display thousands of comments outside courthouse at Apple vs. FBI hearing in Riverside, CA on March 22nd

Fight for the Future, the digital rights group known for organizing many of the largest Web-based protests in history, announced a new online campaign today to fight the FBI’s dangerous attempt to weaken iPhone security for millions of people. The group, which was behind nearly 50 rapid response protests outside Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month, launched the site SaveSecurity.org, where they are collecting comments and signatures from concerned Internet users opposed to government backdoors.

The comments will be read aloud and digitally displayed outside of the U.S. District Courthouse in Riverside, CA during Apple’s next hearing in the high profile case on Tuesday, March 22nd.

See the new online campaign here: https://wwwSaveSecurity.org

Individuals, organizations, and companies will be able to show support for the campaign and join the online outcry against the FBI’s attack on security by changing their social media avatar or website logo to a “lock” symbol, reminding the government and the public that strong security measures like encryption are saving lives every day. Tweets to the hashtag #SaveSecurity that contain comments related to the case will also be displayed and read aloud outside the courthouse.

“This case is not just about one phone, it’s about the future of safety and security for millions of people all over the world,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “We’ll be outside the courthouse to make sure those people’s voices are heard, because what the government is trying to do in this case doesn’t just threaten our basic rights, it puts all of us in danger. Encryption protects our hospitals, airports, and water treatment facilities. Undermining security risks lives.”

Protesters who gathered outside of Apple stores and FBI headquarters last month carried giant iPhone shaped banners with the message “Secure Phones Save Lives,” echoing the concerns of security experts who largely agree that backdoors in encryption technology actually weaken national security and undermine public safety rather than strengthen it.

Fight for the Future is best known for organizing some of the largest online protests in history, including the SOPA blackout against online censorship, Reset the Net to promote encryption and fight government surveillance, and the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality. The #SaveSecurity action will also rally the Internet Defense League, a network of thousands of websites that support Fight for the Future’s campaigns on an ongoing basis.

Fight for the Future expert staff are available for interviews about the #SaveSecurity campaign and the broader implications of the Apple vs. FBI court case. Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

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Group behind nationwide Apple vs FBI protests tells Congress: backdoors in encryption make us less safe, secure phones save lives

Posted 10:11 EST on March 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future issued a statement ahead of today’s Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, DC––Ahead of today’s Congressional hearing featuring the director of the FBI and Apple’s general counsel, Fight for the Future, the group behind last week’s nationwide protests at Apple stores opposing the FBI’s demand for a backdoor into the iPhone, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to Fight for the Future co-founder, Holmes Wilson:

“Many members of Congress don’t understand the technical implications here, so let me put in simple terms what cybersecurity experts have been saying for years.: what the FBI is asking Apple to do will make us less safe, not more safe.

This is not a choice between privacy and national security. Backdoors in encryption put us all in danger, and make us more vulnerable to the types of attacks that the government says they’re trying to prevent.

Secure phones are saving lives every day. The engineers who maintain the IT behind airports, hospitals, power plants—they use iPhones too. If Congress makes our devices less secure by mandating backdoors, they’re putting hundreds of millions of lives at risk.

If we allow the government to set a precedent that they can force private companies to punch holes in the technological defenses that keep us safe, it’s not a question of if someone to will exploit that to cause harm to the public, it’s a question of when. Congress needs to listen to security experts by unequivocally supporting strong encryption and opposing backdoors.”

Fight for the Future’s grassroots rallies at Apple stores in nearly 50 cities and at FBI headquarters last Tuesday garnered international headlines and sparked considerable online conversation. Protesters carried signs reading “Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives,” countering the narrative that this case is only about personal privacy and working to educate decision-makers about the serious dangers posed by weakening encryption technology.

The group, known for organizing some of the largest online protests in history, is planning another significant action opposing the FBI’s demand in the coming weeks.

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Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign promoting encryption and online security. Learn more at fightforthefuture.org or on twitter @fightfortheftr

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