Restore the Fourth
Many technology enthusiasts, which
includes a lot of inventors, tend to stay away from politics. We
prefer things that can be measured scientifically, and solving math
problems rather than dealing with law and society. But for anyone
using the Internet in their businesses or activities, whether you
make mobile apps, web sites, online transactions or even just send
email between other members of your team, the recent NSA leaks affect
you in some way. This is why this year, the 4th of July celebration
is taking a special importance for many people who like technology.
This year, Restore the Fourth is a
project to organize protests around the US by those who like privacy
and want to see the fourth amendment restored. The site already has a
map with hundreds of protest locations planned for tomorrow, and
hopes to bring in many more people who care about privacy to protest
the surveillance of online communication, emails and cloud data.
The site also includes resources such
as a way to contact your representatives, lists of protests, fliers
and more. Should you decide to join, they also have a Twitter and
Facebook page where you can interact with other privacy minded
people. Inventions, especially technological ones, can be used for
good or bad. It's up to individuals to see that the good uses
outweigh bad ones.