It’s That Time Again: CISPA

Posted on 13 April 2012 by DM

Well it is that time again.  Where once we faced the possibility of SOPA and PIPA now we face CISPA and it will most likely be a tough nut to crack.  One of the reasons that there was so much support for SOPA/PIPA protesters was because it acted against various internet companies by costing them time and money.  CISPA proposes to provide these companies with information at no cost to them, which could include your personal information if you are suspected of being a cyber threat. “Cyber threat” is a loose term in that you can be marked with if you are suspected of theft or wrongful borrowing intellectual property.  It is a bit different from what was faced before but is still a threat to personal freedoms and liberties. Among the companies that have chosen to support CISPA so far are AT&T, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, and US Telecom.  Somewhat surprisingly, Netflix has not leapt to the support of CISPA, despite plentiful rumors infiltrating the internet ether this week.

Is CISPA all bad? I do not believe so. In fact, I believe that the proposed legislation is moving in the right direction.  That said, I think it would be a tragic mistake to have this legislation approved.  There are questions of whether is it constitutional and it seems to be posses too much vagueness when it comes to nailing down what types of information can be shared.

As a community, we need to fight this.  That is not all we have to do though.  It is time to stop passively waiting for these legislations to come and then protest them.  We need to make efforts to be informed and to proactively guide the government to a legislation that works for us all.  Whether is from the formation of a Super PAC or through some other means it is time to be proactive.

I am by no means an expert in any of this.  I recommend strongly that you research for yourself the ins and outs of what is going on.  I will provide you with some links.  Look through those and then find more on your own.  Then, let us see what we can do about leading our government instead of allowing it to lead us.



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