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  • Nikolai Banks

    News on CISPA

    April 15, 2013 by Nikolai Banks

    I just received a message from FreePress concerning CISPA and our rights on the internet:

    Imagine if Facebook, Google and Twitter built a privacy-killing surveillance machine to help the federal government spy on us.

    If Congress passes the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week, we'll be one step closer to that nightmare.

    We've got just a couple of days to convince Congress to vote "NO" on CISPA. Here's how you can help:

    Pick up the phone. Call Rep. Robert Hurt [Link] Urge a "NO" vote on CISPA. Let's get back to Facebook, Google and Twitter. Existing laws make it illegal for these and other online companies to share our personal information with the federal government without our consent or a search warrant.

    But…

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  • Nikolai Banks

    Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days to stop them.

    The Internet has been an amazing example of people power -- allowing us to connect, speak out and pressure leaders like never before. That's largely because it's been governed to date by users and non-profits and not governments. But now countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR to bring the Internet under its control -- the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners L…

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  • Nikolai Banks

    We're taking part in an Internet-wide day of action: Last week's vote was delayed, so now the Senate version of CISPA looks like it'll be voted on later THIS WEEK. Pro-privacy changes have been made to the bill, but they don't go far enough.

    Specifically, Al Franken and Rand Paul are pushing an amendment to make sure companies can't spy on their users' private communications: Please add your name at right to support it.

    Surveillance proponents are going to try to kill amendments like this one and eat into the pro-privacy changes that have already been made.

    Congressional staffers say we can win these fights, but we need to up the volume of constituent contacts -- please help us bombard Congress with emails and calls this week.

    Please check thi…

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