How to join today's April 22 CISPA protest

Summary:CISPA now goes to the Senate: it facilitates unfettered, closed-door sharing of private data with government agencies. April 22 has been declared a day of CISPA protest; here's what to do.

The proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) heads to the Senate this week for a vote. Today, April 22, has been declared a day of protest.

As of this update (4/22/13 1:15 PST), nearly 400 over 500 citizen websites have gone dark for the "CISPA Blackout" as have sites such as Hak5We Are Legion: The Documentary and What is My IP?#StopCISPA is trending at #7 on Twitter.

Nearly 165,000 170,000 people have signed the Protect Internet Privacy: Stop CISPA petition. Over 827,000 Almost 833,000 people have signed the global Stop CISPA petition ("Save the Internet from the U.S.").

STOP CISPA

Effectively, CISPA is a blank check for the U.S. Federal Government to perform search and seizure without a warrant, without individuals ever knowing their data was taken and then, well, passed around. 

It has been recently learned that CISPA would allow a large range of Federal agencies - including Immigration, the TSA, Homeland Security, FBI and the DoJ, to quietly access our data from sites ranging from Facebook and Google to Apple, Amazon, and more. CISPA would protect the companies - but not the people.

The cumulative effect of watching this Act rise up after SOPA and PIPA, fail, yet return with blatant disregard for American citizens' rights while the U.S. Government fails to adequately protect the citizen data it already has... Many people feel helpless, angry, and are wondering what they can do - if anything.

Because CISPA is now widely regarded as deeply flawed and reeks of well-publicized corruption, many organizations, websites, companies and individuals are joining in today's protest - initially called and fueled by hacktivist entity Anonymous.

Here's how to add your voice to the protest, with a variety of commitment levels.

  • On Facebook: change your icon to the STOP CISPA image, share articles about CISPA, and resource pages for those friends who want to join in.

Topics: Security, Government : US

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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