The Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act (CISPA), otherwise known as the bigger, and nastier brother to both the SOPA and PIPA acts that got loudly smacked down after the Internet realized just how dangerous and ill-thought out they were.
The reaction to both SOPA and PIPA was swift and pronounced, but that only happened in what amounted to the last moments before Congress was set to vote. In contrast CISPA looks, by all accounts, to be facing smooth sailing as it heads towards a vote in both houses of Congress.
So why no real visible outrage, why no threats of shutting down popular websites in protest, why no letters to Congress from the founders of the Web that it endangers, why no calls from the big web and tech companies against it?
First we have to understand what exactly CISPA is all about, or at least a short form explanation.
In contrast to SOPA and PIPA which was primarily about so-called protection of intellectual property and copyright the proponents of CISPA are using the all encompassing, and fear-mongering, concept of cyberterrorism - sort of like the Patriot Act for the Internet.
The idea is that the government would be able to get any and all private information from companies like Facebook, Twitter, or any company that might have information about you without having to go through the courts – it would be open-ended sharing without any need of your consent or knowledge.
Every post about this that I’ve seen seems to have very few notes and generates very little interest. I’m not sure if it’s burnout or the fact that this bill won’t actually make certain content unavailable the way SOPA would have, but this bill is every bit, if not more dangerous.
Reddit user LastPriority has put together a nice resource for combating this bills as follows:
Step One. Sign this petition. Make sure to Share on Twitter and Facebook. Avaaz Petition. Link
Step Two Call your representative. One of these methods. EFF Message your representative or Call your congressional representatives and urge them to vote against CISPA or Contact Congress
You can also send him a personal email Zip code for MI 8th district is: 48346
Step Four Appeal directly to the president. He already does not approve of the bill. Let’s make sure we say we agree. We the people petition. LINK
Step Five Make note of these companies. Here is a list of companies. It is big though. link
More Extra Credit Tweeting @barakobama with something like this: Commit to a veto on CISPA or lose my vote. #CISPA #StopCISPA #Obama2012
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Youtube video. Link
News on CISPA
An onrush of condemnation and criticism kept the SOPA and PIPA acts from passing earlier this year, but US lawmakers have already authored another authoritarian bill that could give them free reign to creep the Web in the name of cybersecurity.
As congressmen in Washington consider how to handle the ongoing issue of cyberattacks, some legislators have lent their support to a new act that, if passed, would let the government pry into the personal correspondence of anyone of their choosing.
H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short), has been created under the guise of being a necessary implement in America’s war against cyberattacks. But the vague verbiage contained within the pages of the paper could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and essentially monitor, censor and stop any online communication that it considers disruptive to the government or private parties.