Reset the Net: How the web is fighting back on the anniversary of Snowden’s revelations
One year after Edward Snowden’s first explosive revelations about NSA surveillance hit the web, the Internet is aflutter with rebellion. Sure, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill ostensibly designed to curb the agency’s prying eyes in May, but it wound up being such a watered-down joke that civil liberty and tech groups withdrew their support despite the bill’s end goal.
Today, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Mozilla, Amnesty International, Boing Boing, and a slew of others have declared it to be Reset the Net day, on the eve of the anniversary of Snowden’s first leak. This week, numerous high-profile technology companies have stepped up to give you more tools to fight back against unwanted surveillance, no matter who is doing the peeking. Here’s a rundown of this week’s privacy push, complete with a pack of programs you can use today to lock down your PC, phone, or tablet.