Stop CISPA. NOW. It goes to vote MONDAY.


Here’s an infographic that explains succinctly why this matters. Facebook supports this bill, and has evidently been stripping links to information about CISPA from people’s messages.

Total internet surveillance, without legal recourse. Facebook and other big tech companies are supporting giving information to the government without warrants, so that when they cooperate with the government they can’t be held accountable to the users whose privacy they violated.

If this goes down, my Facebook account will be purged of everything I can purge, and will go dark permanently. Not that it’ll matter, because if the law is passed, using any server geolocated in the US is tantamount to saying “yes, US government, you can have all my personal information.”

Stephanie has some form letters you could use to rally your congresscritters against this nonsense.

The companies publicly supporting this sweeping, over-broad anti-privacy power grab are:

AT&T
Boeing
BSA
Business Roundtable
CSC
COMPTEL
CTIA – The Wireless Association
Cyber, Space & Intelligence Association
Edison Electric
EMC
Exelon
Facebook
The Financial Services Roundtable
IBM
Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance
Information Technology Industry Council
Intel
Internet Security Alliance
Lockheed Martin
Microsoft
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
NDIA
Oracle
Symantec
TechAmerica
US Chamber of Commerce
US Telecom – The Broadband Association
Verizon

Comments

  1. baal says

    It’s beyond annoying that this bill and it’s earlier cousins are getting floor votes with -0- coverage in the media. Were it not for FTB, I would have missed this re-name and redo.

  2. JohnnieCanuck says

    It appears that the War on Terror has passed the tipping point. Insane amounts of money are being appropriated by a multitude of Federal Security Agencies. They seek to increase size of their fiefdoms and their power over the citizens that pay their salaries.

    Their work is highly redundant and they produce tens of thousands of reports every year, so many that most of them have to end up just being ignored.

    Paying wolves to keep you safe from other wolves is always risky.

    As Ben Franklin said, “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither. People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

  3. sithrazer says

    I’ve already sent mails, but I’m in the district of Levin and Stabenow. One co-wrote (along with McCain) the provisions that allows indefinite military detention of US citizens and the other supported it, and both probably think tubes have something to do with the internet. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts anything short of several hundred million dollars in bribes (lets face it, ‘campaign donations’ are basically legalized bribery) will have any effect on them.

  4. sithrazer says

    Switched from OpenOffice to LibreOffice when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and half the OOo contributors jumped ship. I haven’t purchased an Intel processor (knowing bought a product containing an intel processor) in 15 years. And I think the last time I payed for a Microsoft product was when I was required to have MS Access (database program) for a college class.
    I don’t have to worry about cancelling my facebook account because I’ve never had one (and can now say that with even more pride).

    Hmm. Cell phone is verizon, and that’s a bit of a harder one to deal with. Verizon is the only company that covers everywhere we go with any reliability, and with certain family member’s medical issues, we need the reliable connection.

    Not at all surprised to see MS throwing it’s support in behind it, and Oracle started playing by the MS business guidebook 5 years or so back. Disappointing, but again not surprising.

    I haven’t slept yet, so I apologize now for any horrible, horrible grammar I may have dumped here.

  5. carlie says

    Jeez. I went to my rep’s page to submit a letter; I haven’t contacted my rep since this one (not my choice) won over the previous person. It may be that the form is a total template, but I noticed a couple of things I hadn’t remembered about contacting the last rep. In the drop-down of major categories this email was about, there were no choices related to computing or privacy, but there was an entire category choice for “second amendment”. Yeah. He considers that to be an equivalent category to “budget”, “agriculture”, “taxes”, etc. And then it wouldn’t let me submit until I put something in the prefix area; is it that important for them to know if I’m a Mr. or a Ms.? That’s one of the few times I happily pull rank and used that instead. It’s Dr. to you, jerk.

  6. someone says

    If you get the pull-down menu and can’t find Internet Issues there, use Civil Rights instead. It really is a civil rights issue…

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