The Day We Fight Back

Websites around the world will blacken or display a banner on Tuesday 11th (and Wednesday 12th, Australian time) February as part of a global day of action against mass surveillance.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz. Image: Ragesoss

We in Australia are joining in this global effort to pressure our lawmakers to end mass surveillance — of Australians and of the citizens of other countries.

Together, and in the name of Aaron Swartz, we are pushing back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyse our every digital action.

Dragnet surveillance is not compatible with democratic governance and new rules must be set to protect privacy in the digital age.



As well as a comprehensive review of current mass surveillance activities, we are calling for:

  1. An end to warrantless access to telecommunications data
  2. A new agreement governing information-sharing between the ‘Five Eyes’ powers (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) that provides meaningful protections for individuals’ privacy
  3. Extending the Freedom of Information Act and the reporting requirements of the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act to cover intelligence and security agencies
  4. A requirement for service providers to inform customers of any arrangements that are in place to provide personal information to governments.

Join us on 11th (and 12th) February to show your opposition to mass surveillance by darkening your website and adding a banner.

Please share this with your networks.

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Sign up to the Necessary and Proportionate Principles


Last year, over 300 international organisations and more than 11,000 individuals signed-up to the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

Read these principles and sign-up at Necessary and Proportionate to demand an end to mass surveillance.

Add a banner to your site

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Join the conversation on Reddit

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