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What if the sites you love were turned against you?  CISPA turns sites into government spies.  Protest to stop it!

What if the sites you love were turned against you? CISPA turns sites into government spies. Protest to stop it!

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CONGRESS TAKES YOUR INTERNET PRIVACY

To the disappointent of advocates for civil liberties and internet freedom, the controversial Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the…
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Oh yeah, I caught it after it was too late:
your vote for #CISPA was disgraceful, @repjuanvargas goo.gl/S05sF because of tab.bz/lzrqx #civilliberties #ChulaVista— Ken (@diegueno) April 20, 2013
That’s the rub about Vargas: he’s a massive sellout, but at least he’s not a Republican, right?

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

To the disappointent of advocates for civil liberties and internet freedom, the controversial Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the…

Oh yeah, I caught it after it was too late:

That’s the rub about Vargas: he’s a massive sellout, but at least he’s not a Republican, right?

But what would happen in a regulation-free vacuum — essentially the wild west of the communications world — if the nation’s largest telecom company is allowed to operate with impunity? So far, public officials are not asking that question because they’re too busy praising AT&T’s announcements of billions of dollars of investment in new wireless broadband networks, supported with funds from President Barack Obama’s National Broadband Plan.


Because IP networks are regulated differently, they are not subject to rules that encourage universal access by making low-cost options available in under-served communities. The FCC also does not yet have rules for what reasonable exchange costs are with Internet-based communications.


Rules governing the networks that make landlines work prevent AT&T from telling smaller companies that connection exchange rates will suddenly double or triple for calls coming onto AT&T’s network. Without such regulation, AT&T could run an abusive monopoly with these exchange charges, leaving smaller carriers with no choice but to pay up and pass costs onto consumers. This means AT&T’s plan has the potential to drive up prices and drive down competition.

Since when is the FBI available (for anyone with the right social connections) as a private troll-uncloaking cyber police force?

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get the FBI to take action on an actual online death threat case, if the recipient isn’t a well-connected “honorary ambassador” in the military social elite? The short version: it simply does not happen. This whole story smells.

As former Wired News reporter Ryan Singel tweeted, “If the Broadwell/Petraeus case doesn’t show how ridiculous the FBI’s powers are, I don’t know what will prove it to you.”

3rd Party Twitter Apps may be Shut Down

Why bother with squeezing other developers out of the market when your search engine doesn’t work?

I say fixing twitter’s search engine to sort through all of the crap it carries would be a better use of it’s efforts.

The church has sent an email to followers instructing them on how “to counter free speech on the internet,” according to former Scientologist and current anti-Scientologist blogger Marty Rathbun, who posted the email message in its entirely on his blog.

The message instructs followers to visit media sites, including Microsoft, Google, or any other that requires users to agree to a code of conduct that prohibits comments that threaten, defame, or degrade any group or individuals.

South Carolina passes bill against municipal broadband

May Gawd forbid that South Carolinians get access to information that they don’t have to pay for.

Using Foursquare to check-in at home? Cool story, here's a photo of your house.

journalofajournalist:

ajebsary:

An 18-year old developer shows the internet just how stupid it can be about privacy. As well as a check-in scraping program tied to Google Streetview, he pulls public Facebook statuses where people reveal their new phone numbers, talk about doing drugs, declare their hatred for their job, or talk about their wicked hangovers. Get ready for some privacy #FAIL-unveiling.

I picked this up from science writer Colin Schultz.

This. Important.

#duedilligenceinthepanopticon

Hah! It’s a Darwin site!

You mean that I can troll Survivor and Big Brother fans elsewhere?

According to Marc DeBevoise, gm of CBS Interactive Entertainment, the idea for a social hub grew out of its exploration with other social toe-dipping events, most notably its Tweet Week (where CBS talent would tweet back and forth with their followers) and  Social Sweep Week (where stars would post and share videos, and video chat with select viewers) events. After seeing the success of these two experiments, The Eye Network placed its chips on a centralized location.





That looks promising.

House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In The Senate

CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans’ Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

  • Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.
  • Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.
  • Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.
  • Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks.  Let’s turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn’t respect privacy and civil liberties.

Add your name at right to tell the Senate to reject cyber security legislation that doesn’t respect privacy.