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House of Representatives passes USA Freedom Act

On 13 May, the US House of Representatives passed the latest version of the USA Freedom Act – the most prominent piece of legislation to have been introduced in the US in the wake of the Snowden revelations. The bill has had a long and complicated legislative history that we have traced over the past two years and it still needs to be approved by the Senate. If passed it would end the bulk collection of domestic phone metadata that was the subject of the very first Snowden revelation.

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The Day We Fight Back, 11 February 2014

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.