These days, everywhere you go on the Internet, there is something posted about the NSA. For some of you, it may be annoying, but truth be told, this is a very important issue, and you should be paying attention. Short and simple version: The NSA spies. On everyone. And it sucks. (If you aren’t up to date, check out our earlier article on PRISM.)
Fortunately, there are several Internet activism groups out there who are fighting on your behalf for privacy. They also are doing their best to educate netizens on these matters. Below are just a few of them that are incredibly active, and hopefully, they’ll help you become more aware of the status on the NSA scandal.
Open Rights Group
The Open Rights Group is a UK-based citizens’ privacy rights organization. In short, the Open Rights Group is a bit of a lobbyist organization, representing the desires of citizens to policy-makers who are active in privacy laws. Furthermore, with Neil Gaiman on the staff, one could say it’s a pretty strong little group.
That said, with the NSA being an American-based issue that has carried over into the international arena, the Open Rights Group works for awareness and organization when it comes to this realm of privacy. It’s understood that the NSA pretty much spies on everyone, so the Open Rights Group is doing its best to figure out the best approach to this problem.
Electronic Privacy Information Center
EPIC has been fighting for privacy rights since 1994, so it’s been around for quite a while. The organization aims to bring public attention to privacy issues across multiple fronts. That said, it’s not just against the NSA. As a matter of fact, EPIC publishes all kinds of hot button issues ranging from Facebook privacy all the way to government surveillance.
EPIC’s website is a great place to visit if you want to get clued in on the most recent updates on Internet privacy. Everything is very current, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Furthermore, you can sign up for EPIC’s petition to the NSA (pictured above) right on the site.
Firefox and Thunderbird — both are very familiar names. That said, the organization that develops them — which makes other open source products for users everywhere — is an active participant in the battle against NSA spying.
The non-profit backs the website StopWatching.us (which is oh so cleverly named), and it is also organizing a rally in Washington on October 26th to protest mass surveillance. That said, you can also visit StopWatching.us to sign their petition which demands Congress to reveal the full extent of the NSA spying program.
American Civil Liberties Union
You’ve probably heard of the ACLU — the group that is popular for its long-lasting love-hate relationship with the rights of American citizens. Fortunately, the group has joined the fight against the NSA, and that said, this is one contender with a whole lot of street cred.
We know that the NSA scandal isn’t just a battle happening on American turf. However, since the NSA is backed by the US government, it’s nice to know that at least one strong entity exists on American soil.
The Internet Defense League
There are plenty of jokes about Reddit – “Man! If we post enough memes, maybe the NSA will stop watching us!”
However, the social aggregator is actually part of a bigger cause: the Internet Defense League. The IDL is a group that consists of several popular websites (many of which contain typical Internet fare, like cat pictures) which have all agreed to raise a “cat signal” of sorts to alert the world whenever government powers are trying to infringe on netizens’ rights.
You can join the league as well by adding a special code to your own website. The league accepts donations to fund campaign materials (like upcoming television commercials) to make the general public more aware.
Privacy is a bigger deal than ever these days, and infringement on the rights of the citizens of the world seems to be much more popular among both companies and government entities than before. However, the question is this: will people just stand there and take it? Also, is this okay?
Fortunately, the above groups are out there taking it to the streets, so to speak. They also provide opportunities for you to join them and fight for your privacy rights as well. That said, you should visit them for both education and a way to take on the NSA.
What other groups do you know of that are fighting on your behalf against the NSA? Have you done your part to fight the NSA? What have you done to protect your privacy rights?
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