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End the NSA’s Mass Spying

There’s a new reform proposal moving in the Senate. Senator Leahy has introduced a revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act, S. 2685. It would limit bulk collection of phone records and add transparency to egregious NSA spying.

If S.2685 passes, it will be the most meaningful reform of government surveillance in decades. S.2685—the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014—isn’t perfect. It isn’t comprehensive reform, and there are places we’d have liked to see the language tighter. But it’s a strong first step.

Although S. 2685 doesn’t contain all the reforms of the original USA FREEDOM, it does create meaningful change to NSA surveillance right now, while paving the way for more insight into what the NSA is doing. Getting these reforms now can help us get better reform later.

We can’t let NSA apologists preserve the status quo. Demand real reform. Support S. 2685, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, and amendments that will strengthen the bill—and demand that your elected representative do the same.


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Declaration of Internet Freedom

In another attempt to make a pointless statement towards Washington D.C., a group of websites and privacy organizations have come together to form the Declaration of Internet Freedom. The Declaration of Internet Freedom is the start of something bigger, a movement to uphold and ensure some basic principles, much like the Declaration of Independence was.

"We've seen how the Internet has been under attack from various directions, and we recognize that it's time to make that stop," said TechDirt, a site involved with the new movement. "The Internet is an incredible platform that we want to grow and to thrive, and thus, a very large coalition got together to produce the following document as a starting point, hoping to kick off a much larger discussion which we hope you'll join in."

As it stands currently, the Declaration of Internet Freedom is composed of 5 basic values:

1. Expression: Don't censor the Internet.

2. Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.

3. Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create, and innovate.

4. Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.

5. Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone's ability to control how their data and devices are used.

This list isn't finalized yet and the advocates want your input on the matter. You can sign the petition or put your two-cents in at several sites around the Web or at the Web site for the Declaration itself. It's clear that the groups behind this movement are hoping for users of the Internet to come together in a SOPA-style movement that could hopefully be powerful enough to put pressure onto Washington.

So how about it? Will you sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom?