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Websites To Protest NSA Programs On Fourth Of July

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Prominent websites like Reddit, WordPress, and Mozilla will display the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution on their homepages tomorrow, as part of a protest organized by Fight for the Future. The non-profit group “is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet’s transformative power in our lives,” and is protesting allegations of online NSA spying.

Several other organizations are involved in the fight: The Internet Defense League, which seems to be very similar to and shares some staff with FFTF; and Restore the Fourth, “a non-partisan, unaffiliated group of concerned citizens who seek to strengthen the Fourth Amendment with respect to digital surveillance by the U.S. government.”

FFTF was the driving force behind the internet blackouts in January 2012 to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The outcry is often credited with helping kill that incarnation of the bill.

Tomorrow’s online protests will not black out the websites, but should help drive traffic to the relevant petitions and organizations.

The Fourth Amendment protects against “unreasonable search and seizure,” and states that search warrants must be issued only for “probable cause” and only for specific searches.

Restore the Fourth also notes many live protests taking place in cities across the country.

Many large tech companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft eventually joined in protests against SOPA, but most of these were implicated by the Washington Post and the Guardian in the NSA’s PRISM program. The companies have denied any knowledge of or involvement in these programs.

What do you think of the Fourth of July protests?

[via TechCrunch]

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