On February 11th, the day after my birthday, an internet organised protest against mass surveillance will take place in memory of Aaron Schultz passing away. Swartz was arrested in January 2011 for downloading a large number of academic journal articles, followed by charges of fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer: he faced up to 35 years in prison. Swartz committed suicide on 11th January 2013 at the age of 26.
“Mass spying is a grave threat to a free and open internet. Surveillance stifles dissent, empowers the government at the cost of individual liberties, and challenges our basic right to privacy.”
Referring to the current media stories surrounding the NSA and GCHQ’s global surveillance programs of PRISM and TEMPORA, the campaign represents the rising of the people against the government and could fuel the secodn half of my project focusing on the smaller scale, individual measures of protecting yourself against the increasingly monitored city.
FInd the article here: Digital rights groups team up for day of action against NSA surveillance (Wired UK).