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The Day The Internet Didn’t Fight Back

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February 12, 2014 AT 5:49 AM
So much for mass protest. A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency. The group called Tuesday, “The Day We Fight Back,” and encouraged websites to join an online campaign modeled after protests against the Stop Online Privacy Act and Protect I.P. Act two years ago, when sites like Reddit and Wikipedia and companies like Google and Facebook helped successfully topple antipiracy legislation. Reddit — which went offline for 12 hours during the protests two years ago — added an inconspicuous banner to its homepage.