The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a civil liberties organization that has scheduled a protest tomorrow in Washington, D.C. over the National Security Administration’s data collection (aka “spying”) activities.
We’re interested primarily because we don’t know that we’ve ever heard of a cause that somehow managed to unite not just Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, the ACLU and Upworthy founder Eli Pariser but a whole slew of hyper-partisan political groups ranging from the left wing Demand Progress to the right-wing Freedom Works and the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. It’s a pretty impressive list.
The EFF even managed to snag Ben & Jerry’s. We can’t imagine parent company Unilever approves, but at least the after-party will be delicious.
We’re not sure what the protest will accomplish, exactly, but it’s a testament to the organizational powers of the people involved. It also reminds us that you really can engage thousands of people if you’re “marketing” a cause they believe in.
Also: it’s good to see Wil Wheaton again, because Next Generation was obviously the best Star Trek series. No debate.