[LINK] Greens B(l)ack Fight vs. Online Surveillance

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Feb 11 09:12:17 AEDT 2014

Greens go black to fight online surveillance
Paris Cowan
Feb 11, 2014 12:23 AM (8 hours ago)

Ludlam to highlight Australia's "complicity" with NSA.

The Greens party has become the most high profile Australian 
organisation to commit to blacking out part of its website as part of 
a global campaign against government surveillance called 'The Day We 
Fight Back'.

According to the activist group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), 
Tuesday 11 February will mark the beginning of a worldwide protest 
that will see people "take to the digital streets" in opposition to 
the methods intelligence services have used to monitor citizens, as 
unveiled by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

"Here in Australia I am proud to stand with local representatives of 
industry and civil society who are stepping up to challenge 
Australian complicity in the NSA's vast surveillance programme and 
propose practical reforms," Greens communications spokesman Scott 
Ludlam said.

"The Australian Government has done everything possible to keep a lid 
on the debate and pretend nothing is wrong: even as moves for greater 
protections gather pace in the United States."

Other organisations that have put up their hand to replace parts of 
their websites with black boxes include the Melbourne wing of 
literary association PEN and news and commentary website Limited News.

Globally, Reddit, Tumblr, Greenpeace and Amnesty International are 
all reported to be taking part.

Australian activists, including the EFA, also plan to make their 
presence felt on the first day of Parliament for 2014 in Canberra. 
The EF plans to host a press conference to launch the 'Citizens, not 
Suspects' campaign and lobby the government to launch a review into 
the acivities of the so-called 'Five Eyes' intelligence agencies.

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