Fight for the Future, one of the groups protesting data gathering methods by the National Security Agency, has taken the protest from the Internet to the streets, and on Sunday will take the message to television screens.
“We’re using the energy to get more people involved who might not hear about this on a website,” said Evan Greer, a campaign manager at Fight for the Future.
The group, with many members in Boston and Worcester, used crowdfunding methods through its website to raise more than $25,000 that will go toward paying for a 30-second advertisement, airing on CNN Sunday morning. The Internet Defense League, a group of websites that include Mozilla and WordPress, matched all of the donations made, according to Fight for the Future’s website.
The ad features the text of the Fourth Amendment on the bottom of the screen, while a still photo of a man on a computer in an office serves as the background. Text appears over the image, “The US Government is illegally tracking us.” The only sound in the ad comes from the continuous beeping of a video camera in the corner of the screen.
On Thursday, the group organized protests across the Internet, on social media and thousands of popular websites. The movement was in support of the 4th Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right against unreasonable search and seizure, and “against the U.S. government’s unconstitutional surveillance of Internet users.”
In the real world, more than 200 people gathered by South Station Thursday afternoon and walked down the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to protest the NSA’s surveillance process. Protest groups also gathered in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.Gail Waterhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @gailwaterhouse.