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Jam Echelon Day, an annual event launched in 1999, centres on an invitation for
the world is invited to protest our global surveillance by the spooks at Echelon, the global communications monitoring system that has been set up to keep an eye on all our potentially subversive business, social, personal and other communications
That protest was to be carried out by netizens, a digital elite, salting their email and other electronic communications with the keywords supposedly used by the NSA and its peers in filtering messages. That would muddy Echelon and, according to some enthusiasts, might even crash key computers. At the same time potential activists were to be pointed to Jam Echelon Day sites, few of which are now online.
One writer commented
While the goal of 'jamming up' Echelon is a lofty and likely unattainable one, is it not better to signal displeasure at being monitored than passively allow it to happen? We think so. Now is a chance for anyone, regardless of computer expertise, to become an instant hacktivist - and all you need is your regular email program.