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INFOGRAPHIC: Reset the Net by the numbers. This is only the beginning. But it was a HUGE beginning!

Posted 16:35 EDT on June 6, 2014

Reset the Net reached billions. Click here to view the full infographic!

Hey!

Yesterday was unbelievable. Together, we as everyday Internet users harnessed the power of the largest websites on earth and launched the biggest effort in human history to shut down mass surveillance on the web.

So how did we do it? Check out this infographic. We promise you will end up reading the whole thing and then feeling awesome.

Click here to see how we Reset the Net.

There’s so much more to tell. We’re still tallying up the numbers and collecting all the amazing stories of how the Internet came together to defend itself.

And, we’re making the biggest announcement of all. Reset the Net was not just a single day of action. We’re going to continue this campaign as a longterm, concerted effort to directly  block dragnet government surveillance from as much of the Internet as we can.

Each month we’ll be announcing a new wave of participants who are helping Reset the Net, and escalating our demands on the largest tech companies to ensure that they’re taking the most meaningful and concrete steps they possibly can to protect our privacy.

This is only the beginning. But it was a HUGE beginning. Click here to see how much of the web we already protected on June 5th.

Thanks for being part of this. We’ll be in touch soon with the next steps.

Sincerely,
Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Kevin, Vasjen, Jessica
Fight for the Future

P.S. None of this would have been possible without the sustaining donations we receive from our members. We need to keep this effort going. Will you please chip in $20 (or more!) today to support our work?

P.P.S. We’re looking for a better version, but here’s a quick video of Edward Snowden speaking via telecast at PDF in New York City issuing an inspiring call to action in support of Reset the Net:

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PRESS RELEASE: Internet’s largest sites join activists to Reset the Net: Wordpress, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, Mozilla, Google, CloudFlare, Sendgrid all join campaign to block surveillance and secure the web.

Posted 10:33 EDT on June 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Ellen Satterwhite
Email: esatterwhite@glenechogroup.com
Phone: (719) 963-2722

Internet Users, Activists, and Tech Companies Unite to Shut Off Large Parts of the Web to Mass Government Spying

On the first anniversary of Snowden’s whistleblowing, Internet users and the largest tech companies in the world including Wordpress, Google, Mozilla, Tumblr, Twitter, Dropbox, Sendgrid and CloudFlare turn off weak security and turn on privacy, all over the web.

June 5, 2014 - Today as part of Reset the Net, tens of thousands of Internet users and the Internet’s largest companies rallied to protect billions. These companies and users interfered directly interfering in the NSA’s runaway surveillance programs by securing websites, apps, and services while supporting the largest ever movement in history to spread encryption tools and collectively improve the security of the web. Reset the Net demands that web services take concrete steps to protect their users from government snooping, while encouraging everyday Internet users to adopt free and open source privacy tools.

Companies like Twitter, Dropbox, Tumblr, Wordpress and Mozilla have stood up to support Reset the Net. Today, additional companies have announced specific ways they will help the Internet become opaque to government eyes including:

  • Wordpress: announced they will be Installing default SSL on all sites hosted on WordPress.com, affecting millions of sites. Wordpress powers 22% of the websites sites on the internet

  • Tumblr: Announcing they’ll be adding SSL by default, protecting the readers of their 189 million blogs

  • Sendgrid: Adding TLS encryption on all outgoing mail (this affects billions of emails per month)

  • Reform Government Surveillance Group: A group of major technology company CEO’s sent a letter to Congress and called on the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information

  • Yahoo: Pressuring the Senate to fight surveillance, using the hashtag #ResetTheNet

  • Google: Announced in a blog post that they are joining Reset the Net and launching a new, open source end-to-end encrypted email project. They are also promoting apps from the Privacy Pack in the Google Play store on June 5th.

  • Mozilla (creator of Firefox): Encouraging its community to take the pledge, and to use the security tools in Firefox.

  • CloudFlare: Added Reset the Net splash screen as an official app to be used by their millions of websites

  • DuckDuckGo, SpiderOak, Disconnect.Me, Thunderclap, Piwik, Golden Frog, StartPage, AdBlockPlus, Piwik, Crowdtilt, Silent Circle, and thousands of other websites will promote the privacy pack on June 5th as part of Reset the Net.

  • Free Software Foundation: Released a guide to encrypted email

  • Minecraft: Pushing out an education campaign on the importance of privacy, and helping thousands of users access tools to prevent bulk data collection

  • Namecheap: The leading domain registrar has already sold thousands of discounted SSL domains as part of a Reset the Net promotion, with a portion of the proceeds going to Fight for the Future.

  • reddit is running free ads to promote privacy tools in the coming weeks and helping promote the Reset the Net privacy pack

To find out more about the Reset the Net movement, please visit: https://www.resetthenet.org/ and follow the hashtag #ResetTheNet on Twitter.

About Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future works to activate the Internet community to fight for a free and open Internet., and 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 Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A message from Edward Snowden on the eve of Reset the Net

Posted 22:43 EDT on June 4, 2014
A message from Edward Snowden on the eve of #ResetTheNet

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Hey team,

My fingers are trembling a bit as I type this email — partly from exhaustion but mostly from tremendous excitement. Tomorrow we Reset the Net, and start on a path toward securing the web, and defending freedom for generations to come.

Just today, we received a very special message from Edward Snowden himself. All of us at Fight for the Future are humbled, knowing that our huge victories this year mobilizing against government surveillance would not have been possible without him risking everything to expose the abuses of the worlds’ most powerful governments.

I’m pasting Snowden’s statement in its entirety below. Please forward this email to everyone in your address book, and share this far and wide. These last few hours are critical and we need all hands on deck to push Reset the Net over the edge.

Edward Snowden started this, now it’s our turn to be heroes. Proudly display these badges on your sites or social media. You’ll be helping protect everyone who sees your part of the web.

“One year ago, we learned that the internet is under surveillance, and our activities are being monitored to create permanent records of our private lives — no matter how innocent or ordinary those lives might be.

Today, we can begin the work of effectively shutting down the collection of our online communications, even if the US Congress fails to do the same. That’s why I’m asking you to join me on June 5th for Reset the Net, when people and companies all over the world will come together to implement the technological solutions that can put an end to the mass surveillance programs of any government. This is the beginning of a moment where we the people begin to protect our universal human rights with the laws of nature rather than the laws of nations.

We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance. That’s why I am excited for Reset the Net — it will mark the moment when we turn political expression into practical action, and protect ourselves on a large scale.

Join us on June 5th, and don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.”

Will you stand with Edward Snowden, Fight for the Future, and the largest websites on the Internet to help Reset the Net tomorrow, June 5th?

Please help spread the word by sharing the page on social media:

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Stay tuned for one more email from us tomorrow encouraging everyone to download the tools in the Reset the Net Privacy Pack! Check it out now if you want: http://pack.resetthenet.org

Thanks for all you’ve done to make this possible.

“See” you tomorrow when we Reset the Net.
-Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Kevin, and the whole FFTF team

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Reset the Net Updates June 4th, 2014

-For complete updates, see our press release from today here.

-Mojang, the maker of hugely popular game Minecraft, told us they’ll be running the splash screen tomorrow to promote the Reset the Net Privacy Pack!

-Namecheap has already sold thousands of SSL domains to help Reset the Net. Got a site? Switch it over now and some of the $$ goes to FFTF.

-Our Thunderclap is now reaching over 9 million people to help educate everyone about easy to use encryption tools. Click here to join with twitter, facebook, or tumblr.

-The most exciting announcements are still to come. Follow the hashtag #ResetTheNet to stay up to date.

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PRESS RELEASE: Edward Snowden, Internet’s largest websites join Reset the Net

Posted 13:31 EDT on June 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Ellen Satterwhite
Email: esatterwhite@glenechogroup.com
Phone: (719) 963-2722

Edward Snowden and Internet’s largest websites join Fight for the Future campaign to “Reset the Net” against government mass surveillance

Companies, trade groups, consumer organizations and Internet users form growing backlash against government spying programs and move to directly block it on the Internet

June 5, 2014 – Fight for the Future and its partners launched Reset the Net today, a national backlash campaign comprised of internet users and tech companies who commit taking back their right to privacy and protecting the Internet by using NSA-resistant privacy tools on their devices, and to take their privacy back – one user, one cat video, one device at a time. Reset the Net demands that web services take concrete steps to protect their users from government snooping, while encouraging the spread of free and open source privacy tools.

“It’s been one year since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. government’s abusive spying programs. In that time Congress and the Obama Administration have failed to protect our rights,” said Tiffiniy Cheng, spokesperson for Fight for the Future. “Now, they’ve got a rebellion on their hands as tech companies and internet users work together to directly intervene in mass surveillance and block the NSA and its kind from the web.”

Edward Snowden issued a statement via his attorney supporting the Reset the Net campaign:

“Today, we can begin the work of effectively shutting down the collection of our online communications…that’s why I’m asking you to join me on June 5th for Reset the Net, when people and companies all over the world will come together to implement the technological solutions that can put an end to the mass surveillance programs of any government. We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance…don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.”

Cheng continued, "In the last year the public has spoken: mass surveillance is illegitimate. It’s fundamentally at odds with democracy. Governments that abuse the Internet to invade our privacy will lose their credibility in the eyes of the world”.

Reset the Net is backed by some of the largest internet companies and advocacy organizations in the world who have committed to taking steps to protect internet users’ privacy, from reddit and Mozilla to Amnesty International and the ACLU, all calling for the integration of basic security features into internet services that will prevent their exploitation, and helping promote a Privacy Pack with free, easy-to-use, open source software that all users can use to protect themselves. Internet giant Google made available the source code for End-to-End, a Chrome extension that provides encryption for both sides of an email exchange.

“Mass surveillance is not inevitable. We believe we can make it too expensive and too difficult to bulk collect our data,” said Cheng. “ Starting today, we will turn more and more parts of the Internet into places the NSA and other governments cannot see. Who in Congress is going to ask for more money to take away the human rights that citizens have taken back?“

The Reset the Net website will allow users to pledge their support in trying and sharing privacy tools as well as provide resources that allow for end-to-end encryption of data.

To find out more about the Reset the Net movement, please visit: https://www.resetthenet.org/ and follow the hashtag #ResetTheNet on Twitter.

About Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future works to activate the Internet community to fight for a free and open Internet., and 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 Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

How are companies and organizations supporting the Reset the Net movement?

  • Reset the Net was called for and organized by Fight for the Future, the digital rights group that launched the first protest against SOPA, and built many of the tools used on the Jan 18th SOPA blackout.

  • Please note: several major Internet companies will be joining Reset the Net on June 5th, watch for announcements.

  • reddit is offering running free ads to promote privacy tools voted on by redditors, and are promoting the Reset the Net privacy pack on June 5th

  • CREDO Mobile is encouraging customers and members to download the Privacy Pack to secure their devices

  • Leading domain registrar Namecheap has already sold thousands of discounted SSL domains as part of a Reset the Net promotion, with a portion of the proceeds going to Fight for the Future.

  • The world’s most popular image hosting service, imgur, is promoting a Reset the Net infographic on their frontpage and encouraging users to adopt privacy tools

  • Google announced in a blog post that they are joining Reset the Net and launching a new, open source end-to-end encrypted email project. They are also promoting apps from the Privacy Pack in the Google Play store on June 5th.

  • Mozilla, creator of Firefox, is joining the Reset the Net campaign by encouraging its community to take the pledge, and to use the security tools in Firefox.

  • Diverse advocacy groups are supporting the campaign including the ACLU, Demand Progress, Libertarian Party, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Our America Initiative, Popular Resistance, Free Press, Open Technology Institute, RootsAction, and Free Software Foundation.

  • More than 5,000 people have joined a simultaneous social media Thunderclap for June 5th including actor Mark Ruffalo, musician Amanda Palmer, and author Cory Doctorow, for a total social reach of over 8 million people. Thunderclap is also running the splash screen.

  • Private Internet Access, a no-log VPN service dedicated to privacy, helped fund the Reset the Net video, and is encouraging users to adopt privacy tools on June 5th.

  • Reform Government Surveillance, a coalition of the Internet’s largest companies including AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Microsoft, and Yahoo, is is participating in Reset The Net by running the splash screen on ReformGovernmentSurveillance.org on June 5th to promote the privacy pack.

  • BoingBoing, a top Internet blog, is announcing that they will be adding SSL by default to protect their readers privacy, and will be adding the Privacy Pack as a permanent section of the site to encourage the use of encryption.

  • Mojang, makers of Minecraft, are joining in and spreading privacy tools to all of their gamers.

  • CloudFlare is supporting Reset the Net and promoting the splash screen to their users

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation is participating in the Reset The Net campaign by encouraging its members to run Tor Relays and promote privacy tools

  • DuckDuckGo, SpiderOak, Disconnect.Me, Thunderclap, Piwik, Goldenfrog, Crowdtilt, Silent Circle, and thousands of other websites will promote the privacy pack on June 5th as part of Reset the Net

  • ThoughtWorks, a global software company, is joining the Reset the Net campaign by sponsoring more privacy trainings called “CryptoRaves” and announced they are developing secure email open source software.

  • Briar will launch an encrypted messaging app that works with or with or without Internet access

  • Techdirt, iFixit and dozens of other popular sites are switching to SSL by default within the year to protect their readers’ privacy

  • Student Net Alliance, an international student organization dedicated to online activism, is participating in Reset The Net pressuring universities to protect free speech and student privacy on campus.

  • CodePink and others are planning a protest at Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco at 12 noon on June 5th in support of Reset the Net

  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee is organizing a crypto-training in Washington, DC and releasing a surveillance themed music video.

Statements from participating companies and organizations supporting Reset the Net

Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, said, “Namecheap has a long history of supporting privacy and freedom of expression online. We’ve always worked hard to preserve and protect our customers’ rights. So we’re thrilled to participate in resetting the net in this positive way,”

Michael Kieschnick, CEO of CREDO Mobile, said, “It’s been an entire year since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s unconstitutional and warrantless mass surveillance programs, but Congress and the president still have not reined in the NSA to stop these abuses. Until our government meaningfully reforms its surveillance programs to bring them in line with the 1st and 4th amendments, we will encourage users to adopt encryption tools to protect personal communications.”

Erik Martin, General Manager of reddit, said, “The Internet is most powerful tool humans have ever had to connect people to information and connect them to each other. The Internet has so much potential to create good in the world and put a dent on some of the big problems in the world, and that’s why people are so ferociously motivated to defend it. reddit couldn’t operate in a world without freedom of expression, but that’s the future that we face if we allow surveillance to continue unchecked. We are proud to have been an early supporter of Reset the Net, and we look forward to doing everything in our power as a company to encourage the use of privacy technology that protects Internet users’ human rights.”

Andrew Lee of Private Internet Access said, “Privacy is a fundamental human right. Unless we act now, we risk losing everything: our rights, our individuality, our freedom of speech. We have a rare opportunity to turn the tables and restore the Internet to the way it should be. Private Internet Access works every day to make the web a safer place for all, we’re proud to help Reset the Net on June 5th.”

Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director of Media Alliance said “The watering-down of the USA Freedom Act demonstrates that Internet citizens will have to take their online safety and security into their own hands. Reset The Net is a crucial first step in restoring the innovative and creative potential of the Internet.”

Felicity Ruby, Internet Policy Director of Thoughtworks, said, Given the absence of meaningful government or industry reform one year after the shocking revelations of Edward Snowden, Internet users need to take their own privacy seriously. ThoughtWorks is committed to securing communications - both our own and those of our clients and the general public - from dragnet and illegitimate government mass surveillance and unfettered data mining for commercial purposes. To that end we have begun the development of a secure, encrypted email solution that will be open source software.”

Amie Stepanovich, Senior Policy Counsel of Access, said, “Governments should not be able to treat the internet as a digital panopticon for untargeted, indiscriminate surveillance. One tool for us to prevent this from happening is wide scale adoption of encryption technologies. We applaud the many companies and individuals who are taking steps to cut off unauthorized access to user data, but we can and must do more. We must take back the internet, encrypt all the things, and stop mass surveillance.”

Ben Kroetz, Online Director of Greenpeace, said, “Greenpeace has learned firsthand during the past 40 years that people cannot protect their right to a clean environment if our civil rights –  including the right to free association and the right to be free of unreasonable searches – are stripped away. A healthy democracy is necessary for a healthy environment, and democracy cannot thrive where a government illegally spies on its citizens as the NSA is doing now.”

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.”

Ethan Oberman, CEO of SpiderOak said “The Snowden revelations not only raised the level of awareness around privacy but also intrinsically changed the way people think about their online presence. It is wonderful that there is more awareness around this issue and even more wonderful to see the advancements that companies have made in the past year, especially around data encryption. However, privacy on the Internet has been a known problem for a long time, and the solution will not arrive overnight despite public outcries. We are starting to see a shift in the way companies handle user privacy but it will take a while before the Internet as a whole adapts to new privacy standards. In the end, everything evolves and so will our ability to use technology to ensure a greater level of privacy online. And the Snowden leak will forever be a turning point in the conversation and a catalyst around the cause.“

David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress, said, “Demand Progress is committed to fighting for legislative reforms to protect user privacy and our civil liberties. But until those reforms vest – or if they don’t – the Internet is too important to leave unprotected. We are supporting Reset The Net in order to protect our rights to privacy and to free association. It’s time to turn on encryption by default.”

Kevin Bankston, Policy Director at Open Technology Institute, said, "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.  Strong encryption tools are one of our best defenses against the sort of indiscriminate bulk surveillance that the Snowden revelations have revealed.”

Josh Levy of Free Press said,Our right to free expression depends on access to open and secure communications networks. And the NSA’s surveillance programs are some of the most serious attacks on these networks — and their users — we’ve ever seen. Free Press is proud to have co-founded the StopWatching.Us coalition, which launched one year ago, to lead the fight to restore our rights to connect and communicate in private. Today we’re supporting the Reset the Net effort by making a number of changes to our websites to protect users’ privacy, including the removal of all tracking cookies and beacons. We look forward to continuing the fight against mass surveillance in Congress, in the courts, online and in the streets.”

John Sullivan, Executive Director, Free Software Foundation, said, "None of the companies or governments fighting to control the Internet treat your freedom and privacy as any priority. Maybe we can make them change over time, but today we can act without their permission to protect ourselves and our networks, using free software they don’t control.”

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said, “Everyone, including app makers, websites, and the public, needs to practice good digital hygiene and take the right steps to protect personal security. Together, we can make it much harder to snoop on our lives online.”

Ben Wizner, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said, “Americans entrust the most intimate details of their lives to large technology and communications companies. For too long, these companies failed to secure their customers’ information, leaving it vulnerable to dragnet government surveillance. It’s time for that to change. It’s time to protect our data, to deploy best-practice security and privacy enhancing technologies, and to ensure that governments everywhere have to knock on the front door – with a court order – rather than sneak in the back door to steal our data.”

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CAT SIGNAL! Reset the Net is June 5th

Posted 01:02 EDT on June 4, 2014

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Dear Fight for the Future member,

So much to tell! So little time.

In just two days, we will Reset the Net and take the first steps toward blocking illegitimate government surveillance from the web. Momentum is growing – just today Google, Mozilla, CloudFlare, and dozens of other major sites announced they’ll be joining our effort to secure the web.

And, we got word of an extra exciting announcement coming from Edward Snowden himself.

More on that soon. Here’s what you can do to help us keep up the momentum right now:

Everyone – join this social media Thunderclap today to help tell your friends and family to secure their part of the web on June 5th:

Click here to join the Thunderclap!

It only takes a second – you can sign up with your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr to join a huge simultaneous social media post on June 5th and promote free, open source privacy tools to your friends and family.

Got a website, blog, or tumblr? We’re raising the Internet Defense League’s “Cat Signal!” Get the code now to run the Reset the Net splash screen or banner to help make privacy viral on June 5th:

Click here to get the code for your site.

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Tomorrow we’ll be launching the Reset the Net privacy pack where normal Internet users will find free, easy to use encryption tools that directly disrupt dragnet surveillance. There are so many other exciting announcements flying around right now that it’s hard to keep track of them all but if you’re interested, check out the links below.

FFTF is a tiny team and we’ve been working day and night on this. We’re exhausted, but we’re grinning ear to ear right now, folks. You’ve helped us build the beginnings of a movement that will alter the course of history. We’re humbled, and so, so excited for Thursday.

More soon,
The whole FFTF team
Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Kevin, Vasjen, and Jessica

Reset the Net updates! June 3rd, 2014

Here’s just a tiny taste of what’s happening:

  • Google jumped on board with Reset the Net today and started promoting our effort to encrypt the web. And Mozilla Firefox joined our Thunderclap. You should too! Plus, Cloudflare is going to push out a version of our splash screen to their users!

  • reddit announced that they’ll be helping Reset the Net by running free ads to promote privacy software! You can suggest cool tools for them to promote here.

  • BoingBoing, iFixit, TechDirt, Public Knowledge, and dozens of other sites just announced they are going to switch to SSL by default, to protect their readers’ privacy.

  • The Reform Government Surveillance coalition – aka the biggest companies on the web – are joining Reset the Net and will run the splash screen on June 5th.

  • The biggest and most epic announcements are yet to come! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to make sure you don’t miss something important!

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