"CISPA, a terrible bill that would let websites hand over your personal data to the government with little oversight, just passed the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s not good.” I thought most Americans were anti-big government, then this bulldozer goes through. Hmmm.
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“Anonymous is not an organization, it is an idea, a zeitgeist, coupled with a set of social and technical practices.”
“For all its moral ambiguity, the rise of so-called ‘hacktivism’ catalyzed by Anonymous and their ilk reveal an important facet of our networked society, which perhaps these authoritarian entities have reason to fear: ‘Individuals are vastly more effective and less susceptible to manipulation, control, and suppression by traditional sources of power than they were even a decade ago.’”
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.
And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.
SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy — but economic fear-mongering didn’t quite do the trick.
So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.
This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of “government information” and “intellectual property” and could let ISPs block your access to websites — or the whole Internet.
CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.
That data could then be used for just about anything — from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.
And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.
Following reports that some employers around the U.S. have solicited social media access and/or passwords from potential hires, both Facebook and government officials have protested. Not only is sharing social media passwords against many of the major networks’ terms of service, the practice …