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'The day we fight back': Internet campaign to end mass surveillance adopted by over 6,000 websites

Over 6,000 websites have today taken part in an online protest against mass surveillance, two years on from a similar initiative to block SOPA and PIPA bills in the US.

The Day We Fight Back Campaign has encouraged websites supporting its cause to put up a banner that reads: "Dear internet, we're sick of complaining about the NSA. We want new laws that curtail online surveillance."

Revelations about the practices of the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence organisations that surfaced last year through leaks from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden have resulted in various initiatives that seek to curtail government surveillance.

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The latest campaign lays out 13 principles that establish "the human rights obligations of any government conducting surveillance".

"Governments worldwide need to know that mass surveillance, like that conducted by the NSA, is always a violation of our inalienable human rights," the initiative states on its site.

"By signing the Principles, you will show that you're part of a movement that knows mass surveillance is a violation of international human rights law," it continues.

"We'll use your signature to pressure governments and international institutions to forbid mass surveillance anywhere in the world."

More than 26,000 people around the world have already signed the petition and around 6,200 websites have displayed the banner on their homepages, including Reddit, Upworthy and Tumblr.

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