Reset The Net

ASL19 is excited and proud to be a part of Reset the Net, a very important online campaign to take back our online privacy. June 5th also marks the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA mass surveillance. To help ‘Reset The Net’, ASL19 will help and support Iranian Internet users with encryption tools to take their privacy into their own hands.

The campaign, initiated by Fight for the Future and endorsed by Edward Snowden himself, is mobilizing website and app developers to ramp up their integration of security tools that can help hinder the mass surveillance efforts. Websites are encouraged to incorporate measures such as  SSL, HSTS, and PFS (Perfect Forward Security).  The campaign promotes the use of encryption tools by everyday users, with their provision of the privacy pack. The participants can also share their pledge about how they will work to make their products and websites safer, on the campaign page.

On its first day, the campaign has been launched and met with ample excitement and support from the public. Edward Snowden has given Fight For the Future the following statement for the launch:

“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.”

This is the largest public attempt to reclaim online privacy after the vast extent of surveillance was revealed to us, a year ago.  Social Media outlets are flooded with praise for yet another one of Fight for the Future’s great efforts. Previously, the same organizers were behind StopWatchingUS— A large rally in Washington, D.C, against the NSA, and callforfreedom.org . Fight For The Future’s effort, marks not only a one-day anti-NSA crusade, but the start of a long term effort, carried out by all those involved, to ward of the spying eyes.