The hot topic on many social networking sites and internet technology sites is about CISPA and everyone has their opinions and it is political.
On going digital cloud conversations about CISPA
“Saving the Internet From the United States”?
Should the rest of world follow the US’ lead with Internet regulation?
Many activists and organizations are speaking against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection ACT (CISPA)
Just months after the internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA were taken off the floor, a new and similarly scrutinized bill has emerged called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and it has been gaining momentum and support from big technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and others. Although the bill is fundamentally different than SOPA it raises many of the same privacy concerns. Take a look at the basics of how it might work and dig into why tech companies are currently supporting the bill.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a United States proposed law introduced on November 30, 2011 by U.S. Representative Michael Rogers and 29 co-sponsors. The bill would give the U.S. government additional options and resources to ensure the security of networks against attacks and enforce copyright and patents. Several commentators have distinguished CISPA from the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill. CISPA was reported out of committee on December 1, 2011 and has yet to be debated or brought to a vote.CISPA has been criticized by advocates of Internet privacy and neutrality, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation , Avaaz.org, because it contains few limits on how and when the government may monitor private information, and because few safeguards are included as to how the data may be used; they claim that such new powers are likely to be used to find and punish file sharers rather than foreign spies or hackers
Message from Access Now and their campaign:
“That’s what the US government and certain companies appear to be telling the world with the latest bill before the USCongress, the
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CISPA allows for the unlimited sharing of personal dataamong private
companies and the government, without a single safeguard for civil liberties. If passed, it will set a dangerous precedent for the
rest of the world, and give companies and governments the go-ahead to invade our privacy whenever they see fit.
We need to convince technology companies supporting CISPA, like AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, and Verizon, that protecting us
against cyber threats should not come at the expense of our privacy. That’s why we’re writing an urgent open letter
to the nearly 30 companies supporting CISPA, asking them stand up for the rights of their users and drop their support.
Sign the global petition by clicking the link below, and we’ll deliver these letters before the Act even goes to the vote:
No matter where you live, cyber security is vital to internet usage it allows us to safely shop online, send emails, and pay our bills.
CISPA, though, is so vague that the US government and companies would be able monitor your online communications,
censor information, and shut down internet access. There is a better way — one that narrowly defines the roles of companies in
fighting cyber threats, limits what information can be shared, and doesn’t open the backdoor for governments to spy on us.
The main pillar propping up CISPA is support from the private sector. As their global users, we can convince them to stand up for our privacy.
Stopping CISPA in the US will let governments around the world know that we won’t stand by while they try to mess with our internet.
Call on companies to protect our privacy and withdraw their support of CISPA by adding your name to the urgent letter:
As their users, technology companies will listen to us, but only through our collective action. The online community as a
whole is going to have to join together to make our voices heard, so send the petition to your friends, share it on
Facebook, tweet it, and post it on every forum you can”.
The Access Now Team
Bloggers and advocacy groups give their opinions.
Access: CISPA: The latest attempt to establish a massive surveillance state
ACLU: Comparison of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation
Center for Democracy & Technology: CISPA Resource Page
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Rogers’ “Cybersecurity” Bill Is Broad Enough to Use Against WikiLeaks
TechDirt: CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here’s Why Bloomberg: Lawmaker Defends Cyber Bill as Groups Plan Internet Protest
Lifehacker in simple terms explains: “The Basics of CISPA”
If passed, CISPA would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to allow government agencies to swap customer data from Internet service providers and websites if that data is a threat to “cyber-security.” On a basic level the bill is meant to provide a means for companies and the government to share information with one another to fight against cyber threats. These threats are defined as:
Information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or network of a government or private entity, including information pertaining to the protection of a system or network from efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy; or theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property or personally identifiable information.
Masnick, Mike says “Forget SOPA, You Should Be Worried About This Cybersecurity Bill”. @ Techdirt
Mandy Simon Kicking off “Stop Cyber Spying Week” “The ACLU, along with several other groups, is launching a week long campaign called “Stop Cyber Spying Week” to draw attention to the massive civil liberties problems “Every day, we all spend more and more of our lives online and share more and more of our most sensitive information. Keeping our computer systems secure is a real concern, but CISPA is absolutely the wrong answer. The bill would create a loophole in all existing privacy laws, allowing companies to share Internet users’ data with the National Security Agency, part of the Department of Defense, and the biggest spy agency in the world — without any legal oversight. If CISPA passes, companies like Google and Facebook could pass your online communications to the military, just by claiming they were motivated by “cyber security purposes.” CISPA would give the companies immunity from lawsuits if you want to challenge what they are doing. Once the government has the information, the bill allows them to use it for any legal purpose other than regulation, not just for stopping cyber security threats.” @ACLU wrote a letter to House of Representatives explaining opposition to CISPA: https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/for_webhub_-_aclu_opposition_to_h_r__3523_the_cyber_intelligence_sharing_and_protection_act_of_2011.pdf
“security vs privacy”
“end user freedom vs end user privacy rights!!!
In my view social media gives us all a chance to get involved and end users have a voice that’s not being heard. How can we all voice & fight the big technology companies to be represented?
Many of us are not United States citizens sometimes we just cannot fight the powers to be nor the governments or technology companies. This CISPA act is about CYBER SECURITY although it effects everyone globally – “The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” as stated by the White House Release ” Cyber Security Plans”The Obama administration’s legislative proposal includes critical infrastructure protection, breach notification, privacy requirements, and overhauls for internal government cyber security. The White House is urging Congress to pass President Obama’s cyber security legislation in 2012 to give officials the authority they need to combat “growing and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats,” according to the leading U.S. cyber security official.
White House Cyber security Coordinator Howard Schmidt called for legislators to “modernize” outdated laws surrounding cyber security by supporting the broad legislative proposal President Obama sent to Congress according to the White House blog post.
From an end user point of view we may not have many rights nor a choice to voice on this matter, although we can blog about our opinions and create online campaigns, keep in mind we are not United States citizens so who is listening to you in your country? anyone listening to US??? Certainly not the American Government nor your Government in many parts of the world….something to think about.
The only solution is to re imagine & collaborate find ways to create something innovative that has never been done before mainly from end user rights and ultimately benefits us all who are on social media sites and for ethical users on internet.
As some of you know, I am working towards finding a end user protected tools and a tool that this gives us the end users RIGHTS in many ways -I work in secure digital sector for education, social new media & information sector for sustainable development in the digital age & internet. I began a vision several years ago and this vision and goal is about the protection of innocent children, women and individuals who may not be safe from many cyber dangers or threats.
The reason is simple for I design digital projects with many youth & women globally and for that I need to find a solution to keep them safe during many of our online projects.
The power of information & technology tools in the digital age. What if there was an end user protected safety solution and we who work in the humanitarian sector adopted best practice standard tools? and we had the opportunity to utilize innovative digital tech tools in ethical ways, and we as civil global societies could solve these critical cyber security problems and at the same time keep innocent humanity safe from the current dangers & cyber threats that are taking place on the internet.
Re-imagine secure cloud & for a end users rights with a safe protected end point tools & when it comes to social media & digital education sector @mymulticast “ we must keep innocent children and women globally safe when it comes to the Internet.