The power of CISPA the new cyber bill emerging – new kid on the block! “internet of things” #womenindigital

Posted on April 15, 2012


Dark SIDE of INTERNET the new kid on the block CISPA via  @mymulticast

Digital Freedom vs Power & Control

the on going Internet debate SOPA, PIPA & the new kid on the

block is CISPA!

A new bill is emerging and making its way through Congress and could allow  powers to be such as US government to snoop on private data!!!
CISPA is a U.S. House bill introduced in late 2011 by representatives from Maryland and Michigan.
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Republican committee Chairman Mike Rogers introduced legislation  that would allow the government to share classified information on potential cyber attacks with private businesses. A bill that affects the way people use the Internet has many users scared, with some calling the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is “worse than SOPA,” the bill that caused widespread Internet outrage and blackouts before ultimately being shelved.
Experts say the danger level associated with CISPA depends on the answer to one question: Which Constitution amendment do you care about more, the First or the Fourth?
While the Stop Online Piracy Act dealt with censoring sites that illegally hosted copyrighted content, CISPA is designed to help companies fight cyber crime–potentially in exchange for helping the federal government spy on users. WOW we knew this was coming!

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

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

Did you know on the internet non of us are protected, did you know from an end user point of view! we don’t have end user rights.

DO WE HAVE END USER RIGHTS over the internet?

my advocacy is about end user protected tools and end user rights many of us work in the social media,  humanitarian, digital sector and many of us are activists, so  what is our solution globally? what are our digital rights?