Want to take a stand against NSA surveillance and show your support for privacy? Here’s how you can enable the “Stop NSA Surveillance” banner on your WordPress.com site.
The Day We Fight Back: Protest NSA Surveillance on Your Blog
Today, a broad coalition of interest groups, websites, and people around the world are joining together to fight back against government surveillance. We’re supporting the “Day We Fight Back” on WordPress.com and have created a banner that you can easily add to your WordPress.com blog to get involved, too.
The “Stop NSA Surveillance” banner shows support for this important cause and provides a link to a page of resources to help visitors to contact members of the US Congress to support much needed anti-surveillance legislation. For more information, please visit thedaywefightback.org.
How to add the banner to your site
Here’s how to add the banner to your site in three steps:
- In your WordPress.com dashboard, go to Settings → Protest NSA Surveillance.
- Click on the checkbox labelled Protest Enabled.
- Click on the Save Changes button for the change to take effect.
The banner will remain on your site until midnight on your blog’s time zone. Here’s what it will look like:
Feb 11th at 7:05 pm
Cheers, stuck it on my blog.
Feb 11th at 7:19 pm
Thank you so much for doing this; it is now enabled. Already blogged about it and made a text widget with a link to The Day We Fight Back’s website.
Feb 11th at 7:35 pm
Thanks for doing this. I do agree that it would be good to let WP bloggers know ahead of time, since I only just learned about it there are only about 10 hrs left to display it in my timezone.
I would have liked to have it up all day.
Feb 11th at 7:56 pm
Now they’re spying on blogs? This is going to far. I’m singing the thing and adding this banner to my blog. Glad to hear you’re supporting it to!
Feb 11th at 7:59 pm
YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it! Go WordPress! Posted it and proud!
Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. -Jean Jacques Rousseau
Feb 11th at 8:02 pm
Thanks! Was hoping this would come along!
Feb 11th at 8:14 pm
WE WILL WIN AGAINST NSA!!!
Feb 11th at 8:37 pm
Can you tell me how come it is different on different blogs? Some are the bar across the bottom and some are half way up the screen. Is it an option thing when you add it, or is it to do with the hosting?
Feb 11th at 9:00 pm
If the NSA has nothing better to than read blogs, I’m more concerned about government waste than I am about their prying eyes.
Feb 11th at 9:05 pm
I did as you said, but I don’t see a banner on any of my pages. Is it supposed to happen right away, or on a certain day?
Feb 11th at 9:07 pm
Thanks. I am going to do it now. http://zttrr.wordpress.com/
Feb 11th at 9:07 pm
Why is the banner in Greek?
Feb 11th at 9:11 pm
Thanks. Just did it.
Feb 11th at 9:20 pm
Thanks! I’m in.
Feb 11th at 9:26 pm
Thanks enabled on my blog as of right now!
Feb 11th at 9:31 pm
If NSA wants to read my blog, I hope they click the follow button – all they’ll end up getting is a whole lot of history.
Feb 11th at 9:34 pm
Is this relevant to international bloggers? It seems like NSA is an American organisation, and I am from Australia so struggle to figure out why they would monitor my postings. And if they did, why would I mind? It isn’t any different to me following a blog and reading it every time I get notified of a new post is it? I’m genuinely curious here, as I say, I’m not American so I don’t know how it works.
Feb 11th at 9:46 pm
They are not connecting the dots they have so adding a trillion new dots does not make sense.
Feb 11th at 9:48 pm
This could have been up for several days if it had featured the date. As it is, I’m only just now seeing and posting it (2:45 pm MT). Next time I’d suggest a diagonal banner in an upper corner, like some of the SOPA/PIPA banners. This is very likely to be overlooked.
Feb 11th at 10:05 pm
It’s amazing. This could’ve been like Nineteen Eighty-Four, or any of a glut of cyberpunk fiction. In real life, the NSA are probably bored as hell and spend all their time “spying” on blogs and fanfiction to make sure no one’s a Muslim, anarchist, or breathing out of sync. And, as punishment, they wag their fingers at us and say “We’re going to ruin your Xboxes!” Then they’ll use their information on us to arrest us for thought crimes until they realize that they don’t have any more workers and wind up crashing their own system. In desperation, they try to use robots to replace the working class, but it’s too little too late.
Makes a boring novel.
Real life can be pretty drab.
Feb 11th at 10:19 pm
Maybe it’s just me and usually it is, but I don’t mind if the take a peek, hit the “like” button, and be a follower.
Feb 11th at 10:43 pm
If the NSA didn’t survey the doings of people, we would be in a whole world of trouble. Some of the craziest people start out on the web. Be happy they are keeping the world safe. If you don’t have anything to hide, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Feb 11th at 11:12 pm
I’m all for protesting against the expansion of NSA spying — but the Latin here is nonsense. What’s it supposed to mean? The only part that makes sense is the quotation from Juvenal — which actually refers to what harem guards might do with bored wives and concubines. Why is “exploratoribus” in the dative? Is “personales” supposed to agree with “causa”? Is “liberi” supposed to be a verb? Even the last simple sentence is a little off. The infinitive belongs at the end of the sentence.
Knowledge of Latin isn’t all that rare. I’ll bet the NSA has some really competent Latinists on call.
Feb 11th at 11:39 pm
Done. But can we have one in English?
Feb 11th at 11:40 pm
…I really do not care. I’ve got nothing to hide from them. I made a post on this BTW!
Feb 11th at 11:42 pm
Ah too bad I didn’t see this earlier, though I doubt many will see it such short notice thanks al the same for making it so easy to show our support!
Feb 11th at 11:49 pm
This is a great idea, NSA and GCHQ illegal snooping should not exist in a free world!!
Feb 12th at 12:15 am
“anything to hide?” say something about the real truth of the law, and you’ll have
Feb 12th at 12:24 am
Grow up you infantile leftist twits! NSA surveillance is essential to detecting and deterring hostile attacks against our country, its interests, and people. U.S. enemies in Iran, Russia, North Korea, China, and various Islamist terrorist groups are laughing hysterically at your stupidity which will further their aims!
Feb 12th at 12:54 am
Done. Wish I had seen this earlier… I see it is a global thing, even my neighbour country Serbia was involved in events, I am very interested in details. How, why, what?
Feb 12th at 1:10 am
Seeing as how this is a political issue, and millions of Americans support the NSA just as some oppose it, is there a banner in support of the NSA that bloggers can add? You know, to play it fair and square down the middle rather than take a side on a controversial issue? Not that I would add either one to my blog, but it doesn’t seem right that WordPress Admin would see fit to take a side. Why not offer people ways to support both sides of the debate as they see fit and let them choose?
Feb 12th at 1:39 am
Civil Rights and Liberties are what “we the people” adhere to, how about you NSA? Where are your checks and balances or are you immune to our Constitution? Thank you for giving our democracy structure; even if it is for only 7 hours or so!
Feb 12th at 2:08 am
I just posted the day we fight back by Paul Sieminski to my blog, thanks Paul
Feb 12th at 2:10 am
New to WordPress, love it, hope my banner showed.
Feb 12th at 2:45 am
Thanks for the Banner, want to post everyday on my blog. Love it.. hope we have many banners for many issues
Feb 12th at 3:58 am
Good thoughts and Idea, just got it too late
Feb 12th at 4:14 am
Enabled! Thank you!
Feb 12th at 5:48 am
no thanks. I think bloggers are the ultimate individuals and not joiners….or is it narcissists? At least more transparent than secretive. What’s to hide?
Feb 12th at 7:47 am
I’m in. We need any and all causes for human rights to unite us as a We the People and this country can demonstrate to people of world the power of social media and political change in our Government. They weren’t counting on the information they steal as the very information that is linking and uniting us. we will be unstoppable as a human force for good. we control whether we pay taxes too.
Feb 12th at 12:04 pm
Its not about whether you have anything to hide, it’s about these agencies doing right & wrong!
Feb 12th at 1:33 pm
I’m no latinist, but the Latin does make sense.
From what I remember from school, and with the help of an online dictionary, the banner says something like: Stop taking notice [of me, of what I say] (Desine annotata), and Who will protect/guard us from our protectors/guardians? (Qui custodiet ipsos custodies?).
Feb 12th at 4:43 pm
why not start a campaign for everyone to send each other emails, forum posts, sms containing all the likely trigger words we can think of at the same time, it would be fun to be a fly on the wall as their computers go mental at all the stimulus
Feb 12th at 5:52 pm
was all over it…so glad to see people participated http://cherispeak.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/stop-the-nsa/
Feb 12th at 7:31 pm
The banner is still there. I thought it was supposed to self destruct. Did the NSA hack in?
Feb 12th at 7:49 pm
GREAT idea! Spotlighting causes and blogs is wonderful. I came to this from the advertisement you put on my admin page.
How can I get WordPress to spotlight my blog? I hope that is what blogging is about.
Feb 12th at 8:34 pm
I still don’t see the banner on my page. I just looked and nothing’s there.
Feb 12th at 11:22 pm
THANK YOU WORDPRESS FOR HAVING THE SPIRIT AND BALLS TO STAND UP AGAINST THE “EXTRA-CONSTITUTIONAL” IE. CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF THE SURVEILLANCE STATE. WHOEVER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION THOUGHT OF THIS, WHOEVER COMMITTED TO THIS, WE THE PEOPLE STAND WITH YOU. WE ARE LEGION,
Feb 13th at 7:00 pm
Great idea but I fear it to be totally useless.
Feb 14th at 6:07 pm
Great initiative. Let’s keep the banner permanently!
Feb 14th at 7:10 pm
Loved this! Check out my blog at http://newfoundgrace.wordpress.com
Feb 15th at 7:07 pm
Well, perhaps I can slow them down and waste their time. It makes me laugh to think of covert ops reading about clowning, baking cupcakes and quilting, let me say that it is really suspicious baking and quilting and clowning.
Feb 16th at 2:52 pm
Better yet, include a few words of your choice but which will trigger their alarms, into each and every one of your blog posts, emails, SMS’s ..ya’ll know what will pick their interest, so go ahead, lose your fear and do it!
This way the system will bog down much sooner that any protest banner can do it. Suddenly they will be forced to analyze hundreds of millions of messages, for potentially interesting content: bomb, plot, rocket, TNT, explosive, goods, delivery, AK, sugar etc. Your mind is the only limit.
There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.
Feb 16th at 10:05 pm
I think I lost my stats the day I took the banner off again …
Feb 17th at 1:53 am
Not going to lie, I don’t write anything worth surveying… So I don’t really care.
Feb 17th at 10:41 am
Feb 18th at 2:08 pm
thank you MR. SNOWDEN
Feb 22nd at 11:38 am
Discovered this reallyyy late- added it to my blog anyway…300 days of Writing for Peace 2014…join me, won’t you?