It’s not news that the internet is the new shopping mall, or that it (more importantly) is also the new public square. We are all speaking out, organizing, demonstrating, and petitioning our government online.
These online communications and activities are protected by the First Amendment and deserve the highest standards of protection from government interference, censorship, and snooping.
But the law and the courts haven’t caught up to this reality, and our online communications are anything but protected.
So let’s work together to fix that.
The first step is to make sure your online communications are secure (see below).
But the very fact that you have to encrypt your emails shows how much organizing and advocacy we need to do. In a free society, we should not need to take steps to secure our communications from unwarranted government spying.
We are fighting attempts by Congress and the White House to censor social media under the guise of “countering violent extremism.”
We are fighting NSA mass surveillance.
We are fighting attempts to weaken encryption.
We are preparing for a President Trump who does not respect privacy or dissent. We have found a way around him: with local ordinances and state laws we can keep local law enforcement out of our cell phones and other devices unless they have a warrant, we can prevent them from spying on our cyber conversations, and keep them from sharing data about us with the federal government.
Please give generously to support our work this cybermonday…. And consider organizing in your town, county, or state to protect your rights, and the rights of your most vulnerable neighbors (read more about that here).
Sue Udry, Executive Director
If you would like to learn more about making your online communications secure, we recommend Security in a Box.