Announced on 24 September 2014, awarded on 1 December 2014
Edward Snowden and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger have been named as joint winners of the 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award. The awards, often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize” have been awarded every year since 1980 and recognise achivement in fields which do not have dedicated Nobel Prizes, but offer “practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.”
The citation for Edward Snowden’s award says he has been honoured “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.”
StopWatchingUs Cologne are organising a protest against mass surveillance at Heumarkt, starting at 2pm on 12 April 2014. Among the group’s demands are for the German government to offer asylum to Edward Snowden, who may be invited to give testimony to the Bundestag inquiry into mass surveillance starting that month.
A debate on surveillance and civil liberties has been announced as part of a People’s Parliament series of discussions at the House of Commons. The event on 25 February will be chaired by Tom Watson MP with Emma Carr from Big Brother Watch, journalist Duncan Campbell and Ian Brown from the Oxford Internet Institute. Tickets for the debate, which starts at 6.30pm in Committee Room 6, are free and can be obtained at the People’s Parliament website.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF), two of the bodies responsible for developing and codifying internet standards, have announced a workshop in London aimed at combatting the “pervasive monitoring” revealed by Edward Snowden.
Pervasive monitoring targets protocol data that we also need for network manageability and security. This data is captured and correlated with other data. There is an open problem as to how to enhance protocols so as to maintain network manageability and security but still limit data capture and correlation.
The overall goal of the workshop is to steer IETF and W3C work so as to be able to improve or “strengthen” the Internet in the face of pervasive monitoring. A workshop report in the form of an IAB RFC will be produced after the event.
Further information is available on the workshop website.
A coalition of digital rights groups, media organisations, online platforms and activists have annouced a worldwide day of action against NSA surveillance on 11 February. The Day We Fight Back will take place two years after the enormous international and online protests that saw down SOPA and PIPA and will honour the memory of Aaron Swartz, one of the moving spirits behind those protests, who took his own life in January 2013.
Supporters are encouraged to change their online avatars and embed a banner on their websites. Other plans for the day are being discussed on a dedicated subreddit.
The Dana Centre at the London Science Museum will host a public debate on ‘The World after Snowden’ on 6 November 2013, 7pm-8.45pm.
“Is there a balance between national security and privacy? Would the world be a better place without surveillance? Discuss how the whistleblower Edward Snowden changed the way we view privacy.”
Tickets are free on a first come, first served basis on application to ticketsdanacentre@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk
The Dana Centre is in the Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD, UK. Ticket holders are advised to arrive 20 minutes before the start of the debate.
Stop Watching US protesters, Washington DC
On 26 October 2013, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the US Patriot Act, thousands of people gathered to rally against NSA surveillance. The rally was held by Stop Watching Us, a coalition of more than 100 organisations, who collected more than 575,000 signatures for its petition to the US Congress demanding that the NSA be held accountable for its actions and to reform the laws enabling government surveillance.
During the rally boxes of signed petitions were handed over to Congress and the crowd marched to the Capitol building. Jesselyn Radack, National Security and Human Rights Director of the Government Accountability Project, read out a statement written by Edward Snowden. Numerous others spoke at the event, including Congressman Justin Amash, former NSA executive and whistleblower Thomas Drake, security researcher Bruce Schneier and former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Freedom Not Fear was an event held in Brussels on the weekend starting Friday 27 September about issues that Edward Snowden’s revelations helped illuminate. The purpose of this yearly event is to advocate for “defending fundamental rights in our networked world”.
This year the event keynote was given by privacy expert Caspar Bowden, who recently published a study on ‘privacy in the cloud’ for the European Parliament. Bowden discussed what has been learnt since Snowden’s revelations and how this affects Europe.
A Restore the Fourth rally was held in more than 80 cities and in every US state on 4 July 2013, with more than 10,000 people estimated to have gathered in protest against mass electronic surveillance.
Restore the Fourth protest in New York City.
A rally was held at Cooper Union, New York City, on the evening of 19 June in support of Edward Snowden and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, and to call for the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility. Special guests included Mike Daisey, Ray McGovern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Debra Sweet and Dennis Leo.