“Should we worry?” Mikko Hypponen asked during his TED Talk How the NSA betrayed the world’s trust — time to act. “No, we shouldn’t worry. We should be angry, because this is wrong, and it’s rude, and it should not be done.”
What can be done to force politicians to listen people who are fed up with the internet and smartphones being turned into tracking tools?
One of the most direct actions any citizen can take in a functioning democracy is to vote for candidates who respect #digitalfreedom. Elections for all 751 Members of the European Parliament will be held across the European Union from 22 -25 May.
Unfortunately, in elections where voters are not motivated or informed, it’s those already with power who tend to have the most influence over the results.
WePromise.eu is attempting to raise the prominence of digital rights issues by encouraging candidates for the European Parliament to endorse a 10 Point Charter of Digital Rights. Like our own #DigitalFreedom Manifesto, it lays out what governments need to do to regain our trust.
Unfortunately only 3,615 of the 503 million people living in the EU have endorsed the Charter. But it’s a start.
The old saying is, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Now we should say, “If you don’t vote #digitalfreedom, the government will know all your complaints — whether you want them to or not.”
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