This Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets of Washington DC to protest NSA surveillance at a rally organized by the aptly named group, Stop Watching Us. Political groups ranging from Occupy Wall Street–NYC to Edward Koch's FreedomWorks signed on to the rally, armed with more information than has ever been available before. NSA leaker Edward Snowden was there — at least in spirit — through a prepared statement read by rally leaders. "This is about the unconstitutional, unethical, and immoral actions of the modern-day surveillance state," the statement said.

The outrage is clear, but four months after Snowden’s initial leaks surfaced, we still don’t know where that outrage might take us — or if it will bring about any change at all. Some level of state surveillance is necessary for an effective intelligence service, and few are advocating a wholesale ban on intelligence gathering, so how can we manage these agencies in a way that respects privacy? If reform succeeds, what do we want the NSA to look like?