A group of websites and online activists involved with The Internet Defense League are planning to launch a Web-based protest this Fourth of July against government surveillance of communications and online activities.
Participants — including Web giants like 4chan and WordPress — will display anti-National Security Agency messages on their Internet properties. They also plan to direct users to CallForFreedom.org, where supporters can donate money to a lobbying campaign against government surveillance.
The online privacy activists hope that the July 4 effort will draw vigorous popular support like previous movements that helped to defeat legislative Internet crackdowns like the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing Act.
“The NSA programs that have been exposed are blatantly unconstitutional, and have a detrimental effect on free speech and freedom of press worldwide. This is going to be our biggest protest since SOPA, and it should be no surprise,” said Tiffiniy Cheng, a spokeswoman for the Internet Defense League, in a statement.
“You can’t disregard people’s privacy, invade their personal lives on a daily basis, and not expect them to fight back.”
A separate initiative, dubbed Restore The Fourth, will be organizing hundreds of anti-NSA protests throughout the Nation on Independence Day. Click here to find one in your area.