Today, over 5,000 websites have posted up banners showing their support of "Today We Fight Back". The banners are urging people to call or email their members of the U.S. Congress and ask them to support laws that curtail online surveillance by government agencies.
For awhile, it looked like most of the major technology companies would ignore this grass roots efforts but today it appears that Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and others are in fact joining "The Day We Fight Back" in their own way. The banner has been placed on the website of Reform Government Surveillance, which was first launched in December in a joint effort by those companies, along with AOL, Yahoo, and LinkedIn.
Microsoft also posted up a new blog post on this subject. Written by Frederick S. Humphries Jr., the company's Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, he states:
Microsoft will continue to push for policy and technical progress to restore public trust in technology through increased transparency, rigor, limits and oversight, as well as through greater coordination between governments. In short, people won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it. Microsoft will keep advocating for change until that day comes, and in the meantime will continue to take direct action to protect our customers.
One thing we did notice when we went to the Reform Government Surveillance website today is that Apple, which joined with the above companies in sending an open letter to U.S. lawmakers on government reform in December, is not listed on other parts of the site. The Apple logo is missing from the top of the page and there are no quotes from Apple executives on this subject on the site.
As of this writing, "The Day We Fight Back" banners claim that over 26,000 phone calls and over 66,000 emails have been sent to members of the U.S. Congress today asking them to look into passing laws that curtain mass online spying activities.