By Kirsten Fiedler

Take back the net and take back EU politics! Civil rights organisations from across Europe invite you to participate in a day of action for the WePromise.eu campaign to demand that the next European Parliament defends digital civil and human rights.

The European Parliament is taking more and more decisions that have a direct impact on our rights and freedoms. In the past five years, EDRi and other civil rights organisations from across Europe have been fighting for better data protection and privacy rules, the free and open internet, access to information and advocating for copyright reforms.

The idea of the WePromise.eu is simple: We can act now to push for positive measures to support our freedoms and to make sure that there will not be more European proposals to carry out surveillance, to censor the Internet or to stifle free speech. Candidates for the EU elections can promise to support a Charter of ten digital rights principles. Citizens promise to vote – for candidates who have, by election day, signed the Charter.

How to participate

  • Take a selfie! Personalise your message for the EU elections and upload it to our Tumblr.
  • If you want to write to your candidates, please contact us at volunteer(at)wepromise.eu and we will provide you with the necessary info and guidance!
  • If you want to blog or share the campaign with your friends, you can find sample tweets and more visual material below.
  • Check if and what is going on in your country. If your country is not in the list: make it happen!

Sample tweets

Tweet to show your support. Here are few samples but feel free to copy, modify and share your own tweets. Hashtag: #WePromiseEU

The elections are your opportunity to take an active role. Join us in today’s action day for our digital rights in Europe! #WePromiseEU

 

Make this election the turning point where we are starting to set the digital rights agenda for the new Parliament! #WePromiseEU

 

Declare that you’re going to vote for #EP2014 candidates that stand up for digital rights & sign the petition: http://wepromise.eu

 

Motivate your candidates to defend digital rights in the next #EP2014 term, sign the petition: http://wepromise.eu

 

Do you care about privacy? Use your vote on 25/5 to elect EU politicians who care about your digital rights. Sign now: http://wepromise.eu

 

Do you care about net neutrality? Use your vote on 25/5 to elect EU politicians who care about digital rights. Sign now: http://wepromise.eu

 

Do you want a free & open internet? Use your vote on 25/5 to elect EU politicians who care about digital rights. Sign http://wepromise.eu

 

Banners and flags

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Who is doing what in Europe

In the UK, Open Rights Group is organising a digital rights hustings in London.
To participate, check their event page. – and ORG’s twitter feed.

Elsewhere in Europe, actions are taking place online, check the following links and twitter feeds to keep up to date:

Finland
EFFI

Poland
Panoptykon – Twitter @panoptykon

The Netherlands
Bits of Freedom – Twitter @bitsoffreedom

Austria

Vibe!at

Germany
Digitale Gesellschaft – Twitter @digiges
digitalcourage – Twitter @digitalcourage

Romania
APTi – Twitter @Apti_Ro

Denmark
ITPol – see their press release

Czech Republic
Iure – Twitter @iure_cz