[Advocacy Advisors] Calling for reform regarding mass government surveillance

Michelle Paulson mpaulson at wikimedia.org
Thu Mar 19 22:19:45 UTC 2015

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that the Wikimedia Foundation will be signing on
to a letter addressed to Congress, President Obama, and the NSA, among
others, calling for (1) an end to the U.S. government's bulk collection
under the USA PATRIOT Act <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act>; and
(2) greater transparency and accountability.

The letter, as well as the identities of the broad coalition of co-signers,
is unfortunately embargoed until Wednesday (25 March) morning when it goes
public. I will follow up with this list then with a copy of the letter, but
wanted to let you know about the action we plan on taking to further voice
our opposition to mass government surveillance and the chilling effect it
has on Wikimedia users and projects.

Michelle Paulson
Senior Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
mpaulson at wikimedia.org
415.839.6885 ext. 6608 (Office)
415.882.0495 (Fax)

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