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thedailywhat:

CISPA Update of the Day: CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act that passed the House in April, likely is headed for a Senate vote in early June.
To drum up opposition to the legislation, which would create “a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws,” Fight for the Future, Democrats.com, The Liberty Coalition, and the Entertainment Consumers Association have created a new website called Privacy Is Awesome. The site outlines the top five ways to help defeat CISPA:
Call your senators and tell them to oppose the Lieberman-Collins bill (CISPA), and ask for a constituent meeting during the Memorial Day recess to help change their mind.
Email senators offices about CISPA, expressing your opposition.
Keep calling senators until they plan a constituent meeting.
Donate to anti-CISPA organizers — the same teams that helped defeat SOPA/PIPA.
Share your opposition online — Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is spearheading opposition to the legislation, concluding a recent Senate floor speech with:

I believe these bills will encourage the development of a cyber security industry that profits from fear and whose currency is Americans private data. These bills create a Cyber Industrial Complex that has an interest in preserving the problem to which it is the solution.

Watch the full video here. It’s terrific.
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thedailywhat:

CISPA Update of the Day: CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act that passed the House in April, likely is headed for a Senate vote in early June.

To drum up opposition to the legislation, which would create “a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws,” Fight for the Future, Democrats.com, The Liberty Coalition, and the Entertainment Consumers Association have created a new website called Privacy Is Awesome. The site outlines the top five ways to help defeat CISPA:

  • Call your senators and tell them to oppose the Lieberman-Collins bill (CISPA), and ask for a constituent meeting during the Memorial Day recess to help change their mind.
  • Email senators offices about CISPA, expressing your opposition.
  • Keep calling senators until they plan a constituent meeting.
  • Donate to anti-CISPA organizers — the same teams that helped defeat SOPA/PIPA.
  • Share your opposition online — Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is spearheading opposition to the legislation, concluding a recent Senate floor speech with:

I believe these bills will encourage the development of a cyber security industry that profits from fear and whose currency is Americans private data. These bills create a Cyber Industrial Complex that has an interest in preserving the problem to which it is the solution.

Watch the full video here. It’s terrific.

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thedailywhat:

CISPA Vote of the Day: CISPA — the most unpopular bill on the Internet, no matter what Facebook says — passed late Thursday with a 248-168 vote in the GOP-controlled House.
What you might have missed, helpfully pointed out by Forbes‘ Andy Greenberg:

Even before it passed, the House voted to amend the bill to actually allow even more types of private sector information to be shared with government agencies, not merely in matters of cybersecurity or national security, but in the investigation of vaguely defined cybersecurity “crimes,” “protection of individuals the danger of death or serious bodily harm,” and cases where that involve the protection of minors from exploitation.

The CISPA fight now heads to the Democrat-controlled Senate. If the bill manages to reach his desk, President Obama has threatened a veto.
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thedailywhat:

CISPA Vote of the Day: CISPA — the most unpopular bill on the Internet, no matter what Facebook says — passed late Thursday with a 248-168 vote in the GOP-controlled House.

What you might have missed, helpfully pointed out by Forbes‘ Andy Greenberg:

Even before it passed, the House voted to amend the bill to actually allow even more types of private sector information to be shared with government agencies, not merely in matters of cybersecurity or national security, but in the investigation of vaguely defined cybersecurity “crimes,” “protection of individuals the danger of death or serious bodily harm,” and cases where that involve the protection of minors from exploitation.

The CISPA fight now heads to the Democrat-controlled Senate. If the bill manages to reach his desk, President Obama has threatened a veto.

[death+taxes]

thedailywhat:

Photo of the Day: Members of the Polish opposition party Palikot’s Movement held up Guy Fawkes masks in the Sejm today to protest their government’s recent passage of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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(via OPERATION BLACK MARCH)

Personally, the graphic design and grammar are atrocious on this flyer, but I like the idea of a total boycott of media purchasing for an entire month.

Of course, I’m an unemployed father who hasn’t personally bought any media in a long while except for finally purchasing a used first-generation Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit plus balance board.

That aside, I also am not entirely sure that the PS is correct. Nor do I know the veracity of the connection with Anonymous.

Can anybody shed some light on this? I really would like to support such a project.

czarofdeath:

Post by gamzeemakara

Please help. We won’t be able to send you BBC and European TV and stuff if this passes. As my friend said, this is dangerous and scary.

I’m not sure how to set one up, someone please make a petition.

(via agirlcalledchris)

thedailywhat:

Fun Fact of the Day: And by “fun” I mean STOP SOPA.
[@skulled / pleatedjeans.]

thedailywhat:

Fun Fact of the Day: And by “fun” I mean STOP SOPA.

[@skulledpleatedjeans.]

(via thedailywhat)

mentalflossr:

By now everyone knows Wikipedia is down today. Here’s our attempt to explain what’s going on and why you should care, in case someone asks you what’s going on (and why they should care).

shortformblog:

Activist site of the night: Defendtheinter.net does a great job of using visuals to tell the story of how damaging SOPA could be to the Web. Great site. You gain much more from this one visual than you might from any long screed. 

(via inothernews)

What was clear, from the beginning, was that the SOPA supporters were not there in good faith. They had no intention of listening to reasonable suggestions to fix the bill, and stuck together as a bloc to reject pretty much all of them — even while admitting their own ignorance. The really sad part was when Goodlatte tried to equate the views of a couple of policy analysts who get money from the entertainment industry, with the views of nearly 100 independent internet engineers who have pointed out how problematic SOPA really would be. Watt and others tried to pretend that because each side could turn up someone who would say something that those views were equal. It’s the insane Congressional equivalent of “he-said/she-said” journalism, where you “hear” both sides, but never seek out the truth. That’s nuts.

spytap:

“…let’s let corporations enforce it.”

Want to give private corporations unilateral control over what content you’re able to access on the internet? Want to give them the ability to take down entire websites without a court hearing or even a requirement for evidence aside from their promise that the site held or linked to “infringing content”? Want to make sure that your right to free speech would require a multi-year, multi-million dollar lawsuit against a multinational corporate conglomerate?

Good. So does Congress.