Anti-surveillance activists gear up for rally in Washington

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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A month from now, anti-surveillance activists plan to descend upon the U.S. Capitol once again.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to protest on the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism surveillance apparatus that was revealed by by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The coalition, Stop Watching Us, also plans to present members of Congress with a petition containing 570,000 signatures protesting the government’s mass surveillance.

Various members of the coalition include: Restore the Fourth, the American Civil Liberties Union, Fight for the Future, and Free Press.

The day before the rally, activists plan to lobby members of Congress about the issue as well.

Stop Watching Us is also holding a crowdfunding campaign in order to financially support activists hoping to attend the rally.

While Stop Watching Us is hoping to attract thousands of people to Washington, D.C. for the event, activists recognize the number of people pushing for surveillance reform will need to be higher.

“It’s going to take millions of people – including Congress – to hold the NSA accountable and to change the laws that have enabled these spying programs in the first place,” said Josh Levy, Internet campaign director of Free Press.

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