Tomorrow, April 22, 2013, I am joining with Anonymous in protesting against CISPA, the
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act by blacking out my Blogspot and dot
Why? This act, passed
by the U. S. House of Representatives on April 18th will allow corporations to
share their users' personal information without the
government needing a warrant beforehand.
CISPA will not only negate any privacy contract the
companies have with users, it will also directly counter the fourth amendment
of our constitution which quite clearly states:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Many large companies have supported this act including AT&T, Comcast, EMC, IBM, Intel,
McAfee, Oracle, Time Warner Cable, Hewlett Packard, and Verizon. Of course, this act will give these companies complete liability
protection when releasing information.
Fortunately, many other groups fiercely oppose CISPA, These include numbers of civil liberties organizations
including the American Civil Liberties Union, library associations such as the
American Library Association and the American Association of Law Libraries, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters
Without Borders, Reddit, Mozilla, as well as quite a few security experts, and academic leaders.
I hope you will join me in this venture. Individually, we bloggers are a tiny fraction
of the internet. Together, however, we have
the potential to make an impact.