Today, at dozens of cities across the world, one million people will be marching. Many will be wearing Guy Fawkes masks, and protesting against...well it's not exactly clear. Injustice and corruption have both been mentioned. But internet spying by the NSA and other government agencies will be the main rallying call.
One of the many remarkable things revealed by the NSA spying revelations is how remote from the subject of their surveillance spies have become. Programmes with enigmatic names like XKeyscore or PRISM scan mainframe computers in far away bunkers, collecting and sifting through reams of emails and searches, which disconcertingly reveal to faceless bureaucrats our most intimate thoughts and intended actions.
Different kinds of activism call for different kinds of strategies. Our motivations for stepping back from our routine to act upon the world we live in vary. For some, it is the disappointment with how things are that triggers a desire for change. For others activism comes as an act of solidarity for a fight already started.
The revelations have shaken trust between the two traditional partners at a time when collaboration is more important than ever. Not only is a historic free-trade agreement at stake, but the two regions also need to work closely together on issues such as terrorism, the environment and promoting human rights and free trade.