#CispaBlackout online protest #anonymous #activists & #advocacy groups unite digitally speaking “Internet Blackout On April 22 To Protest CISPA”

Posted on April 20, 2013


Since 2004 I have been working away to  find a solution for end point safety & privacy protection tools,  mainly for some of my own digital projects I design for the education & new media sector and the journey has not been a piece of cake…..

One of the topics concerning privacy rights is taking place on many of the social sites&   in the digital landscape and  social media sites #CISPA

HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous called on websites to black out their home pages  in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

CISPA was passed in the US House of Representatives last week despite opposition and concerns about its impact on personal privacy. Subsequently various Anonymous accounts expressed the plan to go dark on 22 April.

In a message on the website Anoninsiders.net and aimed at the US government, the group said that it would not sit and watch as rights are eroded.

“Again, you are trying to pass this ridiculous CISPA law in order to control and censor the people. This will not stand. You already control the media, the economy, the criminal underworld, your national plots and our energy. YOU WILL NOT GET OUR INTERNET!,”

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#cispablackout @mymulticast

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives, has drawn a lot of criticism from activist groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation for potentially undermining users’ online privacy. In particular, the EFF has said that the bill gives Internet companies the right “to monitor user actions and share data – including potentially sensitive user data – with the government without a warrant” and also “overrides existing privacy law, and grants broad immunities to participating companies”

The House of Representatives passed the bill  Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act  (CISPA),  on Thursday April 18th, 2013 and soon as this was done, users globally started posting their views on various social media sites and the words began spreading of an online protest.

Why the online protest?  In my opinion  #CISPA & many of these  technology companies care about their monetary cost and not the “human cost”.  I agree  cyber security is a concern and so is innocent users’ privacy  rights when it comes to their own safety & privacy rights, when it comes to the dark side of the Internet would you not agree?  I believe there should be a balance and many innocent users must have a rights to protect their own information, their identity rights  when it comes to the Internet & devices from an end point? there is a need for it, therefore  my quest to finding a solution for many innocent children and women who bridge the digital divide and those who may be at risk.

CISPA passed the House, but this isn’t over yet. It’s time for a massive protest for online privacy A project of Fight for the Future.

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#CISPA @mymulticast

Privacy and digital rights groups have objected to the CISPA bill, saying it would allow ISPs, email service providers and other businesses to share a wide range of customer information they believe is related to cyberthreats with the U.S. National Security Agency and other government agencies. CISPA would protect businesses sharing cyberthreat information from being sued by customers. Several websites, including tech policy blog Techdirt picked up on Rogers’ comments, made during debate  in the House Rules Committee over what amendments should be allowed on the House floor, comments  in a YouTube clip posted by digital rights activist Sina Khanifar.

CISPA’s bill is flawed according   Wired Opinion  “because while it aims to protect Americans from malicious cyber attacks, CISPA’s sweeping, vague language creates exemptions to all privacy laws. That’s why the Obama administration threatened to veto it last year, stating “Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.”

Yet that is the false choice being presented by CISPA’s sponsors. They’re gearing up to push the bill through Congress without much debate by raising the specter of growing cyber threats and presenting CISPA as the “simple” solution.

View  points over the  Economist website  states “the bill is vague about what sort of information on cyber-threats can be shared. So in theory everything from e-mails to medical records could end up being shipped to intelligence agencies, even if it is not needed. Harvey Anderson of Mozilla says CISPA “creates a black hole” through which all kinds of data could be sucked in by the government and Dan Gillmor writes  “Oppose Cispa if you value any privacy in our digital world

Some are suggesting the protest take the form of a “black out”  going offline for 24 hours, displaying censorship bars over content or  posting statements of opposition to Internet censorship — similar to last year’s opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Social media supporters  on Twitter begin April 20th  tweeting the hashtag #CISPABlackout to promote the proposed April 22 “blackout.”  same day as millions will be celebrating the United Nation  Earth Day  celebration.

Anonymous posts a video calling  for an Internet blackout in protest of CISPA,  as “ House Passes Cybersecurity Bill To Let Companies Break Privacy Contracts”.   If  signed into law, CISPA would make it legal for websites to give your personal information to the U.S. government without your permission.   Naturally, the hacker collective anonymous is not happy, calling for an Internet protest on Monday, April 22, 

Anonymous site,  titled Anon Insiders has a statement:

“We are going dark on MONDAY April 22nd at 6 AM GMT for 24 hours to protest your illogical and terrorizing bill against the Internet itself. Even with the whole Internet crying out to stop this BILL, the US House of Representatives failed to do so blinded by lobbyist’s money and cum in your eyes. So we will take action ourselves and open your eyes. Every popular/mainstream websites will be black until you, Mr. DronObama promise us to use your VETO power to stop this bill at Senate. Take this as a protest or a warning, as you wish. One thing is for certain, neither you or anyone else in this world can control the Internet, so don’t even try.

The plan doesn’t involve shutting down or attacking the Internet in any way, it just wants all websites to go dark in protest for 24 hours on Monday. It is not yet known which websites will participate in this blackout. The popular Anonymous Twitter feed YourAnonNews echoed the message on Friday over twitter CISPA instant twitter storm == Just copy and paste these tweets 

Some of the links to follow for online protest if you care about your own digital  privacy rights.

#CispaBlackout – Topsy

#tweetstorm CISPA supporting companys

Anonyops | Facebook

@A Gem Of An Idea

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