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Opt Out: Take Back The Net! on 4-5 June 2014 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH

Opt Out: Take Back The Net! The event where human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet to discuss solutions to today's climate of internet-enabled human rights violations.

Scheduled for June 2014, one year after the Snowden revelations, Opt Out: Take Back The Net! comes at a crucial time. The outcry in the face of numerous reports of privacy and other human rights abuses has not produced satisfactory responses from governments and service providers. It is essential that civil society and tech activists take measures into their own hands by adopting, en masse, tools that are sustainable and liberating.

If anyone had any doubt that their personal information was being harvested, used, and even monitored by states and corporations it would have been shattered by Edward Snowden's revelations during the course of 2013. Privacy as we knew it is a thing of the past. Even legitimate data collection of our browsing habits, contact lists and location have run out of control and it has been almost impossible to search and interact online without being harassed by ads.

The time is ripe for a wide gathering. In addition to the impression the Snowden revelations made on users to turn away from untrustworthy providers and governments, we see also an influx of open source and federated alternatives to major 'indispensable' software and services. Federation is the future because it allows for better scaling up. Both free software and federated services strengthen user trust and control. Progressive service providers are sparking an exodus, the beginnings of a movement, through online services provision built on trust, privacy rights and data sovereignty.

It is time that social change activists Take Back The Net! and exercise our choice to migrate to free software and online platforms that respect our right to privacy and encryption.

Opt out! Take back the net! event is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct policy can be found at: http://opt-out.apc.org/index.php/Code_of_conduct