What is CISPA and what companies support it. The new SOPA/PIPA

Think the bullshit with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA is over? Nope.  Welcome the new legislation, CISPA to the club of retarded legislations!

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allows companies to collect information about people and give it to the US government in the name of cyber security. The main problem with the bill is that it is so broad it can even lead to companies and the government monitoring and censoring what people say.

Online activists who helped slow down the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year have now turned their sights to a House cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

A spokesperson for the US based Centre for Democracy and Technology said that what is of major concern is the fact that CISPA is extremely vast in terms of the types of information it will allow the government to receive. She also said that the bill would create a vast hole in all existing privacy laws and could be used as a back door wire tapper of sorts.

Electronic Frontier Foundation says that CISPA uses such sweeping language that it would give companies and the government new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement. It could also be a powerful weapon to use against whistleblower websites like WikiLeaks. (more…)

Pizza is now a vegetable!

The United States Republicans want to categorize tomato sauce on Pizza as a vegetable, thus inspiring students to eat “vegetables”. Because pizza is a vegetable right?

On November 14th, 2011, The Associated Press published an article about a spending bill put forth by House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee that would attempt to undermine efforts by the Obama administration to improve the nutritional value of public school lunches. The article revealed that part of the bill would protect the status of tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable.

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Congressional SOPA hearings: no opponents of the bill allowed

As the House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA, the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history, it has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.

Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week — and it’s censoring the opposition! The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to get to testify at the hearing.

But the bill’s opponents — tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users — won’t have a voice.

Don’t Censor Censorship Opponents: Let Us Testify!

Anonymous Also Fighting Protect ip

Some questioned if recent in-fighting between hacker collective Anonymous’ more vocal members would affect the group’s efficacy combating its latest target, the “Protect IP” bill. Considering the group launched a DDoS attack on Monday which temporarily knocked out service to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s official website, the answer is fairly clear: it didn’t.

ZeroPaid noticed the website outage and a message on Twitter by “@Anony_Ops” that confirmed the LOIC-powered DDoS attack, part of the group’s ongoing “Operation Payback,” had succeeded.

“Current target: www.uschamber.com :: Status: Down,” read the message, which also went on to explain the motivation behind the movement: the controversial “Protect IP” bill, which is backed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

VentureBeat, however, reported that the attack was a bust and the site was “humming and shows no sign of slowing down” following the scheduled cyber assault. Other reports suggest the downtime was just extremely brief.

Anonymous members may also be on the verge of targeting specific Senators.

One member at AnonNews recommended that others should “tweet some hate” at the bill’s authors. Another commenter ominously suggested that those interested in aiding the operation should save their questions for an IRC this Thursday so the group is “a well oiled and ready machine on Friday.”

Many fear “Protect IP”  could potentially grant overwhelming power to the government, allowing it to essentially shut down sites at will, regardless of whether or not copyright infringement took place.

Erik Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, warned last week that combating a complex issue such as piracy with a simple response would do more harm than good. Schmidt suggested a decision to “whack off DNS” would “set a very bad precedent” and could potentially result in internet censorship akin to what presently happens in China. The executive promised to fight any passed law which restricts or disallows free speech.
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Summary of whats going on with the internet right now, Protect IP

Blacklist bill, Protect IP act, SOPA. What exactly is going on?

UPDATE:

Full Bill Summary added!


There is a big hype on the internet about the US government trying to censor, or even shut down sites with user generated content. Eg, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and even Gadgetzz would have to turn commenting off.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

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