[Advocacy Advisors] Announcement: WMF to file suit against the NSAtoday

aktron at centrum.cz aktron at centrum.cz
Tue Mar 10 23:31:50 UTC 2015

Quite an interesting case. Just letting you know, I did a translation of the (major part of the press release) to our blog http://blog.wikimedia.cz/2015/03/wikimedia-vs-nsa-nadace-wikimedia-podala-zalobu-proti-narodni-bezpecnostni-agenture-usa/ in Czech.
> Od: Michelle Paulson <mpaulson at wikimedia.org>
> Komu: <advocacy_advisors at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Datum: 10.03.2015 08:54
> Předmět: [Advocacy Advisors] Announcement: WMF to file suit against the NSAtoday
Hi All,

I’m writing to let you know that today the Wikimedia Foundation[1] is filing suit against the National Security Agency <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency>, the Department of Justice <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice>, and the U.S. Attorney General <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney_General>[2] in order to challenge certain mass surveillance practices carried out by the U.S. government. We believe these practices are impinging the freedom to learn, inquire, and explore on Wikimedia sites.

Since the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, we’ve heard concerns from the community about privacy on Wikipedia. This lawsuit is a step towards addressing the community's justified concerns. We believe that the surveillance methods being employed by the NSA under the authority of the FISA Amendments Act <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Act_of_1978_Amendments_Act_of_2008> negatively impact our users' ability and willingness to participate in our projects. Today, we fight back.

An op-ed <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/opinion/stop-spying-on-wikipedia-users.html?_r=0> by Lila and Jimmy about the lawsuit, and Wikimedia's stance on government surveillance, appeared in The New York Times this morning. Additionally, we just published a blog post <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/> with more information about the suit. (The post will also up on Meta for translation).


Michelle Paulson
Senior Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
mpaulson at wikimedia.org <mpaulson at wikimedia.org>

[1] We are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union> (ACLU). Other plaintiffs include The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers <http://www.nacdl.org/>, Human Rights Watch <http://www.hrw.org/>, Amnesty International USA <http://www.amnestyusa.org/>, Pen American Center <https://www.pen.org/>, Global Fund for Women <http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/>, The Nation Magazine <http://www.thenation.com/>, The Rutherford Institute <https://www.rutherford.org/>, and Washington Office on Latin America <http://www.wola.org/>. 

[2] Other named defendants include: Michael Rogers <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_S._Rogers>, in his official capacity as Director of the National Security Agency <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_the_National_Security_Agency> and Chief of the Central Security Service; Office of the Director of National Intelligence <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence>; James Clapper <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_R._Clapper>, in his official capacity as Director of National Intelligence; and Eric Holder <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder>, in his official capacity as Attorney General <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney_General> of the United States.

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