Digital activists pressure Colbert to skip RSA Conference

Stephen Colbert presents an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Stephen Colbert is set to give a keynote address at a conference organized by the Bedford security giant RSA.JOHN SHEARER/INVISION/Associated Press/Files 2012

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The same Massachusetts digital rights group that led a successful Internet uprising against federal antipiracy legislation in 2012 is now taking aim at RSA, the Bedford cybersecurity giant accused of conspiring with the National Security Agency.

Fight for the Future has started an online petition in a bid to persuade comedian Stephen Colbert to cancel his planned keynote address at the RSA Conference and join a growing boycott of the annual event managed by the security company.

The backlash against RSA, a subsidiary of Hopkinton’s EMC Corp., has continued to mount since a Dec. 20 Reuters article revealed details about a $10 million contract with the NSA. According to the article, RSA was paid to make an NSA formula the default option in a key computer security product.

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