This July 4, protests against data surveillance

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Today, several US-based internet communities — including 4chan (watch Christopher “moot” Poole’s TED Talk), Mozilla (watch Gary Kovacs’ talk), Fark (Drew Curtis has given a TED Talk too), and Reddit (Alexis Ohanian has given a talk and created a TED playlist) — are rallying against NSA surveillance of the internet, as revealed by a whistleblower in June. Visit any of these sites to find out more about their own protests and what you can do to participate.

For an international take on data collection, watch Malte Spitz’ TED Talk, shared above. This German politician worked with a national newspaper to uncover — and visualize — the data that his phone company, with the government’s permission, was collecting about him. It’s an unsettling vision.