Fight for the Future

Rallies planned at Apple stores nationwide to protest court order pressuring the company to build a “backdoor” for the FBI to hack the iPhone

Posted 11:27 EST on February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016

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iPhone users will gather outside stores with a simple message for the government: “Don’t Break Our Phones.”

On the heels of an unprecedented court order that would require Apple to build a software “backdoor” to help the FBI break into an iPhone, digital rights group Fight for the Future is calling for nationwide rallies outside Apple stores to demand that the U.S. government drop its dangerous request, which would undermine the safety and security of millions of iPhone users worldwide.

The group launched a Facebook event to coordinate the protests here:

A separate website for the protests will be launched later today.

iPhone users and civil liberties supporters will rally outside Apple stores one week from the date of yesterday’s court order, at 5:30pm local time in each city on Tuesday, February 23rd. Protesters will be encouraged to bring signs, but will also have the option of loading a “Protest Sign” on their phone using Fight for the Future’s, which can turn any phone, tablet, or laptop into a light-up protest sign.

“Governments have been frothing at the mouth hoping for an opportunity to pressure companies like Apple into building backdoors into their products to enable more sweeping surveillance. It’s shameful that they’re exploiting the tragedy in San Bernardino to push that agenda,” said Evan Greer, Fight for the Future’s campaign director, “Security experts agree that any weakening or circumvention of security features on a phone puts everyone in danger. Encryption is what protects our airports, power plants, and hospitals. If the FBI succeeds in forcing Apple to help them hack into an iPhone, it will open the floodgates and set a dangerous precedent that will inevitably lead to more suffering and loss of life.”

The protests will carry the message “Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives”. The FBI is asking Apple to write software that would disable one of the iPhone’s most important security features, which deletes data on the phone after 10 wrong password attempts. If they succeed in forcing Apple to do this, it would create a backdoor that could be used on all iPhones, and open massive potential for security breaches and cyber attacks.

The Facebook event for the protest was launched this morning, and will soon list specifics for events being planned in each city. The protests will happen in a 100% grassroots fashion, organized by Fight for the Future members in each city who will step up to bottomline each event. The group used similar tactics last year to organize widespread rapid response protests in support of net neutrality.


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Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero Rating” plans like Facebook’s Free Basics

Posted 11:53 EST on February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457,

Fight for the Future calls for U.S. to follow suit, ban similarly harmful practices by Comcast,Verizon, T-Mobile, and others

Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program. The decision marks a major victory for grassroots activists in India and around the world who have been calling for such a ban, and a setback for companies like T-Mobile and Verizon, who have been pushing similar practices in the U.S., claiming that they do not violate net neutrality.

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Chelsea Manning Releases Podcast To Tell Her Story In Her Own Words

Posted 08:57 EST on February 5, 2016

February 5, 2015

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Actress Michelle Hendley portrays WikilLeaks whistleblower’s voice due to prison restrictions barring her from speaking directly to press

WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning has released a podcast where she tells her story in her own words.

The recording was produced in collaboration with Amnesty International and voiced by actress Michelle Hendley. Due to prison restrictions, Chelsea is barred from speaking to any members of the press directly, or being recorded during her incarceration, so actress Michelle Hendley (known for her performance in Boy Meets Girl) has lent her voice to Chelsea’s words for this episode of Amnesty’s series “In Their Own Words.”

Find the podcast here:

See Chelsea’s tweet about it here:

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TPP Signing Today is Theater: Unpopular Deal Faces Fierce Opposition

Posted 14:06 EST on February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457,

Fight for the Future statement on signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which threatens Internet freedom, democracy, and free speech

Today, leaders from 12 countries will gather in New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The act is largely ceremonial––before the deal can become law it must be ratified by each country’s legislature, including U.S. Congress where it faces fierce opposition from both left and right.

Protesters gathered in front of the White House today ahead of the signing with signs reading “TPP = Betrayal” and “TPP would kill the Internet.” See photos here. More protests are planned across the country tomorrow. See list of actions in 38 cities here.

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PHOTOS: Protest at White House today ahead of TPP signing

Posted 13:57 EST on February 3, 2016

A coalition of advocacy groups staged a protest outside the White House today, hours before President Obama and other world leaders are expected to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). See photos below, and a press release from the organizers below that.

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