I just got word from my domain registrar and host, Namecheap, that SOPA is back as CISPA (again). From the link:
CISPA, which emerged in 2012, has been rebirthed this week as an even bigger threat to online freedom. If CISPA is passed, the US government gains the power to shut off Internet traffic and empowers the US government to ask your ISP about your online activities in the efforts to learn about possible cyber security threats and Internet attacks. Advocated under the premise of anti-terrorism legislation, this legislation is so broad that it threatens to endanger the privacy of every individual and ordinary and law abiding citizens. This act makes your private online activity now public, giving ISPs the right to share your personal information completely without your knowledge, due process, or authorization.
I find this extremely irrespectful of The People of the USA, who already sent a loud and clear message about how we feel about our freedom of the internet back at the end of 2011. It goes like this: IT AIN’T BROKE, SO DON’T “FIX” IT. Now, that’s not to say that the current state of internet legislation in the US is perfect (there is still the DMCA, for example). But, it is to say, WE WANT THE STATUS QUO FOR ONCE. The powers that be, with all of their money and lobbying power, get to protect the status quo whenever it suits them, and then pay for legislation like this to put the law in their favor when it doesn’t. It is disgusting, and a real and obvious flaw with our current politial construct.
I, for one, hope to see the day when the rest of us can change the status quo to our benefit for once.
Useful Links (for Justice!)
Ranting aside, here’s a link to the EFF’s tool to contact your elected offical, and one to sign the petition against CISP.
Please, use these links and be heard. We can only stop this by speaking up every time, or else we’ll get this stuff imposed on us the one time we’re too lazy to have a voice.
About the EFF
EFF stands for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-supported membership organization that works to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology and to educate the public on their digital rights. For more information, visit www.eff.org.