Never underestimate the newfound digital power of advocacy groups to lobby lawmakers. Tuesday's protest against government surveillance, dubbed The Day We Fight Back, generated more than 85,000 phone calls and 175,000 emails to members of Congress, thanks to more than 6,000 websites that agreed to host a banner to direct voters to act.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Senate's commerce committee jumped into the fight against patent trolls, holding a hearing on demand letters, the most reviled tactic used by patent assertion entities to extract license fees.
Mozilla was out front and center for the launch of Stop Watching Us, a coalition of more than 80 civil liberties and privacy organizations calling for an end to what they call spying by the National Security Agency.