Digital Freedom vs Power & Control
the on going Internet debate SOPA, PIPA & the new kid on the
block is CISPA!
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 is working its way through Congress, and is the latest proposed legislation to raise concerns among privacy activists.
The communication would deal primarily with what the legislation deems “cyber threat intelligence,” which it defines as “information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or a network of a government or private entity.”
The threats listed under the umbrella of cyber-threat intelligence include “efforts to degrade, disrupt or destroy” systems or networks, as well as “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property or personally identifiable information.”
The Center for Democracy and Technology outlines a few main concerns with the legislation – it says that broad legislation could allow for essentially unlimited sharing of information, and that it is likely to transfer more control of cyber security efforts from civilians to the military. Rogers might call out state actors, but groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are worried that the language is broad enough to be used against sites like WikiLeaks. CISPA was drafted just after Rogers said an execution should be considered for Manning also documented Secret & Lies. This bill has been in revisions for nearly one and a half years now.
CISPA includes an exemption of liability granted to those firms taking part in CISPA’s information exchanges — possibly freeing tech firms from the responsibility of regulating users and the danger of being taken offline for alleged copyright violations — so long as they get approval from the government, actively divulge cyber-threat intelligence concerns acting in good faith.
Facebook vice President of US Policy has published an open letter justifying his company’s support for CISPA.
“More than 845 million people trust Facebook with their information, and maintaining that trust is at the core of everything we do. Keeping the site secure to protect our users and their information requires a combination of technological innovations; around-the-clock coverage from our dedicated staff; and relationships within the broader security community”.
End users and activist are already starting to voice through social sites such as Twitter and Reddit activists & people have signed a petition at Avaaz.org.
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF) is up for a vote in two weeks it has the support of companies such as AT&T, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Intel Oracle, Symantec, Verizon, and many more check out the full list of all 28 corporate supporters is here and have already publicly come out in support of the bill.
Source Los Angeles Times