What if the sites you love were turned against you?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by cheryl, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Protest to stop CISPA
    #SitesNotSpies, Spring 2013

    With CISPA, Congress is turning websites we love into a system for tracking and monitoring us all. But there's still time to stop it.

    We're planning the largest protest in history for online privacy. Can you join in?

  2. ups hero

    ups hero Member

    .....Just as long as this site doesn't turn against me
  3. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing... | TechDirt

    It would appear that Rep. Mike Rogers, the main person in Congress pushing for CISPA, has kept rather quiet about a very direct conflict of interest that calls into serious question the entire bill. It would appear that Rogers' wife stands to benefit quite a lot from the passage of CISPA, and has helped in the push to get the bill passed. It's somewhat amazing that no one has really covered this part of the story, but it highlights, yet again, the kind of activities by folks in Congress that make the public trust Congress less and less.
  4. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    The House passed it and it's now on the way to the Senate who voted this down last year after House passage. But that was last year too. President Obama's advisers urged a Presidential veto for lack of civil liberty safeguards but again, that was last year.

    Thanks Cheryl for bringing this issue to light.
  5. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    It's being reported that the Senate is too busy to take up CISPA but after it was released yesterday that the Tsarnaev Brothers got the instructions to build their bombs off the internet, I wonder if the sense of urgency in the Senate will change.

    Remarkable timing and coincidence that the events in Boston might on some level present itself useful in the CISPA debate.
  6. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    CISPA in limbo thanks to Senate apathy - RT

    Despite an $84 million lobbying effort, CISPA, the controversial bill aimed at making it easier for corporations to share customers' personal information with the government, faces an uncertain future after approval in the US House of Representatives.

    The next step for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, after passing by a 288 to 127 margin in the House, is a Senate vote. However, the Senate has yet to debate the bill and has given no indication that the proposal is a priority, as major issues including gun control and immigration linger in the national consciousness.

    And a few of the conspiracy theories about the Boston bombings:

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  7. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

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    wkmac Well-Known Member

  9. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Obama administration bypasses CISPA by secretly allowing Internet surveillance - RT

    Scared that CISPA might pass? The federal government is already using a secretive cybersecurity program to monitor online traffic and enforce CISPA-like data sharing between Internet service providers and the Department of Defense.

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center has obtained over 1,000 pages of documents pertaining to the United States government’s use of a cybersecurity program after filing a Freedom of Information Act request, and CNET reporter Declan McCullagh says those pages show how the Pentagon has secretly helped push for increased Internet surveillance.

    “Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws,” McCullagh writes.
  10. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    'Dead for now:' CISPA halted in the Senate - RT

    Privacy advocates can breathe a sigh of relief as the controversial US Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) appears to be all but dead in the water, with all signs pointing to it being shelved by the Senate.

    The bill, which was purportedly designed to allow the federal government to share private user information with corporations in situations of a suspected cyber threat, was the source of widespread ire from privacy advocates.

  11. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    That's good news Cheryl. Thanks for being in the lead on this issue!
  12. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Anonymous opposition to CISPA intimidates lawmakers
  13. Necropostophiliac

    Necropostophiliac Well-Known Member

    Judge orders Google to turn over customer data to FBI

    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for
    customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security
    letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.

    FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress
    passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Read more: Judge orders Google to turn over customer data to FBI | Fox News
  14. Upsmule

    Upsmule Well-Known Member

    It's too late. Big brother is everywhere.
  15. ups hero

    ups hero Member

    Better not be in my underwear!!
  16. 804brown

    804brown Well-Known Member