Organizing

“We need an entirely new way of thinking about and writing privacy laws, because Big Tech has gotten too good at manipulating process-based laws for its own benefit.” — Ari Ezra Waldman, in How Big Tech Turns Privacy Laws Into Privacy Theater

Yeah really! And, we need new ways of organizing to get these new laws passed. Washington state had some significant successes in 2021, most recently Bellingham’s banning city use of facial recognition and predictive policing; King County becoming the first county in the US to prohibit on the county government from using facial recognition technology; and once again stopping Big Tech from passing the weak, corporate-backed, process-based Bad Washington Privacy Act.

Grassroots organizing has played a key role in this, with groups like People First Bellingham, the Tech Equity Coalition, Indivisible, Code Blue, and DemCast all getting involved. And while there’s no substitute for local and in-person organizing, online organizing can be a powerful complement.

So this section of the site will be focused on organizers and activists. Right now it’s mostly in draft form but some of the work in progress includes

  • A backgrounder on privacy legislation, including the legislative history, key issues
  • A categorized link list
  • Videos highlighting key issue points
  • A survey to find out more about what issues resonate with people.
  • Help pages (with screenshots) walking people through how to make comments on legislation, or register for hearings, on the state legislature site.
  • Ways people can take action.

If this sounds interesting to you, please fill out our planning survey — there’s a place where you can leave your email address if you want us to follow up, or you can be anonymous if you prefer.