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The SOPA threat was successfully defeated using these tactics. The CISPA is about sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and certain technology companies. Opponents of the bill include EFF and ACLU while proponents list Facebook and Microsoft...
It is particularly troublesome because the laws designed to protect the private data of consumers from government access are insufficient and out-of-date — creating a perfect storm for government abuse.
Draconian Australian Cybercrime Bill would allow the Attorney General to hand over Australian data to US security services on request, with no subsequent oversight on how long that data might be retained, or how it might be used.
That same data would also be available to civil litigants in private lawsuits--whether it's the RIAA trying to identify downloaders, a company trying to uncover and retaliate against an anonymous critic, or a divorce lawyer looking for dirty laundry
"...The key to the Alzheimer’s project was an agreement as ambitious as its goal: not just to raise money, not just to do research on a vast scale, but also to share all the data, making every single finding public immediately, available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world. No one would own the data.
This is great news, and it is a direct result of this week's mass protests. Together, we reminded the U.S. Congress who it works for. EFF alone helped users send more than 1,000,000 emails to Congress, and countless more came from other organizations.
Our culture and our social norms have trained us to be secret about our private life. For Jeff Jarvis, this is stronger in Germany than in the US. There is a cultural aspect of privacy. But is it really a good thing? Maybe we talk about privacy too much, and the issue is elsewhere. Furthermore, generations don’t all share the same perception of what privacy is.
"It’s not often that we have *urgent* news in the Free Culture world, but today we do. [...] This bill contains wording that, if passed into law, would jeopardize federal aid for universities if they refused to filter their student’s internet access.
How can people be very concerned about government surveillance, and still trust a company like Microsoft? And if people are concerned about government surveillance, what about surveillance by private organizations? Has anybody looked into backdoors in Verizon’s Internet routers?