And of course we can't forget our amazing S.T.O.P. interns, James Blum, Ayyan Zubair, and Adam Tang, who have done incredible work this summer, learning how we fight surveillance at City Hall, in court, and in the court of public opinion. Some have even co-authored our op-eds, getting their first newspaper byline.
Beyond organizing / joining 8 sign-on letters, we provided testimony to the New York State Senate, New York City Council, New York City Charter, and NYC's ADS Task Force. We partnered with Senator Andrew Gounardes to help introduce New York's first bill calling for a statewide artificial intelligence review.
In New York City, we've been particularly busy at the New York City Council. Just two weeks ago, our coalition came together for the week of digital action on the POST Act. We brought much needed attention to the surveillance reform bill and gained two additional co-sponsors, Council Members Keith Powers and Robert Cornegy!
Hundreds of New Yorkers viewed our "Contextual Privacy" and “Digital Self-Defense” trainings. Working with partners like the Yemeni American Merchants Association and Turning Point NY, we develop materials that focus on the privacy concerns/tools that matter most to our audience. When we launched our new “Sidewalk Surveillance” video series last week, over 5,000 people watched in just the first 5 days, showing just how many New Yorkers want to learn how surveillance tools our reshaping out city and our rights.
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the New Yorkers who have come together to invest in our fight for privacy. As we look ahead to the rest of this year, there's a lot of work left, but we can only do it with your support.
If you can make a $400 donation, you’ll cover the cost of filing our next lawsuit in federal court. Litigation is expensive, and while we have some of the best law firms in the city fighting on our side for free, we still need to cover our costs.
If you can make a $100 donation, you’ll cover the cost of delivering our next “Know Your Rights” training. We’re working with community groups and researchers to expand our curriculum, but we still need your support to reach the New Yorkers most at risk.
But the most important donation level is just $1. Any donation shows just how many New Yorkers back privacy reform. If you support our work and the vision of a New York with privacy protections, not unchecked surveillance, we hope you’ll donate today.