Reset the Net is a grassroots effort to thwart the government’s effort to create the United States of Surveillance. Along with the mass collection of data, including but not limited to, emails, phone calls and text messages; it became public this week that the NSA is also using social media to create a gargantuan database of photos for the purpose of facial recognition. Photos that you post on the internet, in any form, are not private. However, the government should not be collecting those photos.
“The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.”
Enough is enough. We have the power to change this, or at the very least, make it harder for our privacy to be violated. How? Support efforts to encrypt your data across the internet. You can demand that your data be kept private from prying eyes. You can put pressure on companies that you do business with to support data encryption. Companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Twitter.
Several large internet companies are already supporting Reset the Net, most notably Google. Google is actively working on efforts to encrypt email through Gmail. Reset the Net is also supported by Reddit and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. You may note that Facebook is missing from this list. That is unacceptable. One thing you can do to put pressure on Facebook is to change your Facebook cover photo to the Reset the Net logo. If you need help changing your Facebook cover photo Click here.
“The NSA and others do mass surveillance because it’s easier than targeting. Initiatives like Reset the Net force governments into targeted surveillance. That’s how we win.” -BRUCE SCHNEIER
We here at WeTalkNerdy.tv unequivocally support Reset the Net and we hope you will too.