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  4. <title>Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body class="press release">
  7. <h1>Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">
  9. This Tuesday is <a href="https://thedaywefightback.org/">a day to fight
  10. back</a> against mass surveillance, and here at FSFE we're proud to be
  11. part of the struggle.</p>
  12. <p>Mass surveillance is a huge problem. Governments are spying on you,
  13. endangering the very fabric of democracy. Corporations are asking you
  14. to deal away your privacy for a little convenience, with much the same
  15. effect.</p>
  16. <p>Mass surveillance is also a hard problem to solve. Essentially, we
  17. are up against a very human fear of dangers hidden somewhere in the
  18. dark. We're being told that surveillance will protect us.</p>
  19. <p>Our task is to make everyone understand that surveillance not only
  20. fails at protecting us. It also makes everyone worse off in the long
  21. run. Difficult, but we have to start somewhere.</p>
  22. <p>So here are three humble suggestions for small steps you can take
  23. to secure a democratic future for our societies:</p>
  24. <ol>
  25. <li>Make your web browsing more secure by installing
  26. the <a href="https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere">HTTPS
  27. Everywhere</a> extension in your browser. This will make it much
  28. harder for potential snoopers to intercept your connection with the
  29. web sites you look at, and will help to protect any data you send
  30. there.</li>
  31. <li>Generate a GPG key, and start using it to encrypt your data,
  32. especially your
  33. email. (There's <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gnupg+introduction">help</a>
  34. on the web.)</li>
  35. <li>Write to one or more of your political representatives. Explain
  36. that you are deeply concerned about mass surveillance, and ask them to
  37. help end the practice. Be polite, brief and clear.</li>
  38. </ol>
  39. <p>See, that wasn't so hard. You have not only made yourself a
  40. little more secure, you have also helped others to improve their
  41. privacy, and have contributed to driving political change. Thank
  42. you!</p>
  43. <p>Here's a fourth thing you can do: Support FSFE
  44. by <a href="http://fsfe.org/fellowship/">joining the
  45. Fellowship</a>. FSFE is dedicated to working for freedom in the
  46. digital society. We need your help to carry this struggle forward in
  47. the years to come.</p>
  48. </body>
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  51. <tags>
  52. <tag>front-page</tag>
  53. <tag>Privacy</tag>
  54. <tag>Encryption</tag>
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