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Can We Fight NSA Surveillance with Graphics on Web Pages and Data Mining?

Today, Peregrin Wood wrote about the odd anti-surveillance event for February 11, 2014 called The Day We Fight Back. Peregrin found it odd that people would call for a nationwide day bringing honor to someone who committed suicide a year before. To tell you the truth, I’ve been checking out The Day We Fight Back for a few weeks now, and I just couldn’t bring myself to add it to the list of upcoming activist events you see at the upper-right-hand corner of this page. I find The Day We Fight Back odd for a different reason than Peregrin, though. What worries me is that although this event is titled “The Day We Fight Back,” I don’t see much fighting. Here’s what I see:

1. I’m being asked to put a banner on my website.
2. I’m being asked to post photos on Facebook.
3. I’m being asked to change my profile picture.

And, oh yeah, and…

4. That banner and those photos lead back to a website that seeks to gain your contact information so that (as laid out in a sort-of non-creepy, well, maybe kind of creepy, policy) it can gather your name and e-mail address to use in future campaigns by itself and its “coalition partners.” That, friends, is called data mining.

Is this really “The Day We Fight Back” if the “Fight” consists of posting links to a website that solicits personally identifying information for “coalition partners”? It feels slick and disingenuous, like a promotional effort for 501(c)(2)(3)(b)(k)(1) organization masquerading as a “protest” for “fighting back.” That’s how it feels to me. That’s what it looks like to me.

Does that make me an old-fashioned fuddy duddy? Is there something of value in “The Day We Fight Back” that I just don’t see? Let me know.

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