Fight for the Future


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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PHOTOS: Protesters at Apple Stores in 40+ Cities and Outside FBI HQ Push Back on Government’s Demand for Weakened iPhone Security

Posted 18:56 EST on February 23, 2016
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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016

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



Christina DiPasquale, 202-716-1953 (backup number)

Protesters Carry Giant 10-foot iPhone-Shaped Banners Reading “Don’t Break Our Phones”

View photos here: http://imgur.com/a/WIzWH

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters gathered at 5:30 pm local time at FBI headquarters in DC and at Apple stores in nearly 50 cities today, Tuesday, February 23rd. Today marks one week after the Justice Department won a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of hundreds of millions of people.

Photos submitted from protests can be seen here: http://imgur.com/a/WIzWH

“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “Encryption and security technology is what protects our hospitals, our airports, our water treatment facilities. If we allow the government to start forcing private companies to punch holes in these critical defenses, it’s not a question of if those backdoors will be exploited by those wishing to do harm, but when.”

Protesters opposed the DOJ’s demand, carrying giant 10-foot long iPhone banners, and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants also turned their phones, laptops, and tablets into glowing protest signs using ProtestSign.org.

The rallies were called for by Fight for the Future and are supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy organizations. Residents across the country immediately began to offer to host an event in their town and submitted the event to Fight for the Future, who provided banners and support with recruitment. Rallies were planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Boston. Outside the U.S., residents in London and Munich hosted rallies to express their concern about companies being forced to weaken encryption as a result of government pressure. This past Wednesday, San Francisco organizers hosted a rally with dozens of San Francisco residents that day on just a few hours notice.

Map with all submitted events by independent organizers: DontBreakOurPhones.org

“Apple’s stand will help keep security threats at bay” said David Segal executive director of Demand Progress.  “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.  Our devices will become more vulnerable and the sensitive data they hold will be more accessible to people who want it for malicious purposes.”

For interviews with Fight for the Future and Demand Progress staff members, please email press@fightforthefuture.org.

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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 for online security and privacy.

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TODAY: Consumers Rally at 40+ Apple Stores to Protest DOJ Demand for Weakening iPhone Security Features

Posted 08:03 EST on February 23, 2016

Media Advisory For: February 23, 2016

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

Christina DiPasquale, 202-716-1953 (backup number)

Protesters will Carry Giant 10-foot iPhone-Shaped Banners Reading “Don’t Break Our Phones.” In Washington, DC, Protesters will Gather at FBI Headquarters

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters will gather at 5:30 pm local time at Apple stores in nearly 50 cities today, Tuesday, February 23rd, exactly one week after the Justice Department won a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of millions of people.

See a map listing the rallies in nearly 50 cities here: DontBreakOurPhones.org

WHAT: Protesters will oppose the DOJ’s demand, carrying giant 10-foot long iPhone banners (see example), and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants will also be able to turn their phones, laptops, or tablets into a glowing protest sign using ProtestSign.org. The giant iPhone banners will be on hand in most of the larger cities, but not at every protest.

WHO: The rallies were called for by Fight for the Future and are supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy organizations.

The rallies are being organized in a grassroots manner by individuals who agree to host an event in their town. Fight for the Future then provides those members with banners and support with recruitment. More events are being added all the time, so check back on Tuesday if you don’t see one in your area yet.

WHERE: Rallies are already planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto at Apple’s headquarters, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Boston. Supporters outside the U.S. have planned rallies at Apple stores in London, and Munich. In Washington, DC, protesters will gather at the FBI’s headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover building.

WHEN: Tuesday, February, 23 at 5:30pm local time in each city.

“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “Encryption and security technology is what protects our hospitals, our airports, our water treatment facilities. If we allow the government to start forcing private companies to punch holes in these critical defenses, it’s not a question of if those backdoors will be exploited by those wishing to do harm, but when.”

“Apple’s stand today will help keep security threats at bay,” said David Segal executive director of Demand Progress.  “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.  Our devices will become more vulnerable and the sensitive data they hold will be more accessible to people who want it for malicious purposes.”

This past Wednesday, after Fight for the Future issued the call for rallies at Apple stores, there was so much interest that they decided to organize one in San Francisco that day on just a few hours notice. Dozens of people turned out to protest the FBI’s position. See photos here.

Fight for the Future and Demand Progress staff members are available for interviews and can connect journalists with the hosts of rallies in specific cities upon request.

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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 for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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