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Activists aim to crush internet censorship bill

Activists aim to crush internet censorship bill



A coalition of advocacy groups has begun a...

A coalition of advocacy groups has begun a
week of intensive protests against the latest
attack on the free and open internet, The
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
(CISPA). The draconian legislation would
force companies to ignore existing privacy
laws and share information with the federal



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    • Activists Aim To Crush Internet CensorshipBillSteve WatsonInfowars.comApril 16, 2012Week of protests against CISPA beginA coalition of advocacy groups has begun aweek of intensive protests against the latestattack on the free and open internet, TheCyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act(CISPA). The draconian legislation wouldforce companies to ignore existing privacylaws and share information with the federalgovernment.At the forefront of the coalition’s protestefforts is a Twitter takeover, whereby usersare being asked to use the hashtags#CongressTMI and #CISPA in an attempt tocreate the same level of publicity that was generated during the height of the protests againstThe Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year.The organizations are pushing ahead with a mass distribution of letters and articles to raiseawareness of the implications of CISPA, which is sponsored by Michigan Republican MikeRogers.The groups do not plan on conducting any “blackouts”, shutting down their websites as happenedduring the SOPA protests. Instead they will focus on informational campaigns aiming to teachpeople about all the cybersecurity bills currently in Congress.The revelation that Facebook is supporting the legislation has also raised awareness of the issue ahead of the protests. “Freedom of expression and the protection of online privacy are increasingly under threat in democratic countries, where a series of bills and draft laws is sacrificing them in the interests of national security or copyright,” Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
    • “A blanket monitoring system is neveran appropriate solution. ReportersWithout Borders opposes CISPA andask Congress to reject this legislation.”the statement says.Other groups taking part in theinternet-wide protests include AccessNow, American Civil Liberties Union,American Library Association, Avaaz,Canadian Internet Policy and PublicInterest Clinic, Center for Democracyand Technology, The ConstitutionProject, Demand Progress, ElectronicFrontier Foundation, Fight for theFuture, Free Press, OpenMedia.ca,Open the Government, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Reverse Robo Call, Sunlight Foundation,Techdirt, and TechFreedom.“The Rogers bill gives companies a free pass to monitor and collect communications and sharethat data with the government and other companies, so long as they do so for ‘cybersecuritypurposes,’” the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has noted. “Just invoking ‘cybersecuritythreats’ is enough to grant companies immunity from nearly all civil and criminal liability,effectively creating an exemption from all existing law.”Both the EFF and the Center for Democracy have noted that CISPA effectively legislates formonitoring and collecting online communications without the knowledge of the parties concernedand funneling them directly to the National Security Agency or the DOD’s Cybercommand.Kendall Burman of the Center for Democracy and Technology spoke about CISPA in a recentinterview with RT:“We have a number of concerns with something like this bill that creates sort of a vast hole in theprivacy law to allow government to receive these kinds of information.” Burman added that the bill, as it stands, allows the U.S. government to involve itself in any online correspondence if it believes there is reason to suspect “cyber crime”, which it does not even clearly define. Josh Levy, the Internet campaign director of the organization Free Press has noted that the bill “would have a chilling effect on free speech — creating an environment in which we refrain from posting on Facebook,
    • conducting Web searches, sending emails, writingblog posts or communicating online for fear thatthe National Security Agency — the same agencythat’s conducted online “warrantless wiretapping”for years — could come knocking.”As we reported recently, the defeat of SOPA inJanuary has not stalled the attempted crackdownon the open internet. If anything, government andcorporate efforts to control the net havesubstantially accelerated. http://www.infowars.com/ STOP CISPA!!