Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Fourth of July Protests Against NSA

Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate our freedoms, and contemplate what it takes to maintain them. 

The Boston Globe reports that two groups of web activists are planning protests against the NSA around the Fourth of July. The protests combine web protests with some live protests in selected cities across the country. 

One group is Fight for the Future, which helped coordinate the rallies against SOPA and PIPA last year.  The other group is Restore the Fourth, which is a reference to the Fourth Amendment, not the holiday.

Look for websites to carry messages, and the text of the 4th Amendment.  If you care to join a local rally, Fight for the Future may have information, though I don't see notes there. The closest I find is their page on the NSA cybersecurity program and opposition to Senate bill 2105, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.  The bill failed to move to a full vote. That link will also provide a handy analysis and history of the bill and those who supported and opposed it. It is a scary sounding piece of legislation, in my opinion, especially in the wake of Snowden's revelations of how much data the NSA is already gathering.

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