This is my CISPA blackout… I’m a huge fan of whitespace and minimalism, so you don’t get a black/blank page. 🙂
The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a version of the CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act)…. BOOOOO! I thought our representatives weren’t supposed to be able to pass anything anymore!
Well, they did. But that doesn’t mean it’s over. The bill has to pass through the Senate and then go through a President that has vowed to VETO the bill if it makes it to his desk. I’m not sure I’ve ever agreed with Democrats/Obama on any topic, but this is one I DEFINITELY agree with!
No, the Internet wasn’t around during the formation of the constitution, but the basic privacy of citizen’s habits, “networks”, and lives was. And our founding fathers knew that an overreaching government would encroach on those citizens, so they laid the framework for our or nation with that in mind.
So what is CISPA? It’s basically a “carte blanche Patriot Act for the web”. Or “Constitution Is Slowly Picked Apart” 🙂
Under the guise of “security”, the bill doesn’t really limit and gives huge leeway to government officials being able to monitor private individual’s Internet usage information. Here’s an in-depth look at it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Intelligence_Sharing_and_Protection_Act
There is a common argument of “If you have nothing to hide, then what does it matter?”… That could be the same argument police use to enter your house, your car, etc. Not a type of law I’d EVER like to see…
From the birth of our nation the United States has been known throughout the world for protecting our citizen’s rights and civil liberties. If we start stripping those liberties, we head backwards in time, not forwards.
I urge everyone to contact their senators next week and voice your disapproval of CISPA and the privacy/rights it strips from Internet users.
Here’s a link that will help e-mail your U.S. Senator based on your address: http://act.demandprogress.org/act/cispa_passes/
Sorry if this is overly political and not a typical technical post, but this does involve my field… 🙂