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Facebook Signed On In Support Of CISPA? Damn!
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Friday, 13 April 2012 12:11

What is Facebook thinking?

They've signed on in support of CISPA -- the new bill that would obliterate online privacy, give the military crazy new abilities to spy on the Internet, and potentially let ISPs block sites and cut off users accused of piracy.

Please click here to call out Facebook by sharing the image of Mark Zuckerberg at right:

If you're already on Facebookclick here to share with your friends.

Then click here to sign on to our open letter urging Facebook to withdraw its support for CISPA.


The Center for Democracy and Technology says, "CISPA has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies and it supersedes all other privacy laws."


According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

An ISP could even interpret this bill as allowing them to block accounts believed to be infringing, block access to websites like The Pirate Bay believed to carry infringing content, or take other measures provided they claimed it was motivated by cybersecurity concerns.

Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA.  Now it's time to make sure Facebook knows we're furious.

First, please help push this viral on Facebook by using this link -- you'll be sharing the campaign, along with the photo of Mark Zuckerberg at right:

If you're already on Facebookclick here to share with your friends.

Then click here to sign on to our open letter urging Facebook to withdraw its support for CISPA.

Thanks for keeping up the fight.


[2012-04-13 19:57:33]

It's going viral: In just over 12 hours, more than 70,000 people have signed on to our campaign to get Facebook to back down from its support for CISPA.


[2012-04-16 12:28:24]

It's working: Nearly 200,000 people have signed our open letter, and Facebook is responding to our criticism of its support for CISPA.

Facebook released a statement that says:

The overriding goal of any cybersecurity bill should be to protect the security of networks and private data, and we take any concerns about how legislation might negatively impact Internet users’ privacy seriously.

That's good news, and it means the pressure we're putting on Facebook is working.

[2012-04-19 11:12:57]

The Internet strikes again!  The press is taking note of the work we've done to put CISPA supporters on the hot seat.

From WebProNews:

After Demand Progress took Facebook to task over the service’s support of CISPA, through the use of of an online petition, the social media king offered a response to quell the masses.

According to their email updates, Demand Progress’ petition has reached almost 200,000 signatures, enough to get the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of his inner circle.

FireDogLake notes that we've put enough pressure on lawmakers that the White House has started openly criticizing CISPA:

This follows the pattern of the SOPA/PIPA debate. Everyone supported it until Internet freedom activists raised awareness. Then the White House drew some lines in the sand against it. And eventually, the bills died.

The civil liberties and privacy coalition emerging against CISPA may need some additional players from the tech community to really put a nail in this thing, but the progress so far is encouraging.

[2012-04-25 20:20:32]

You guys rock.  And no, that's not mere empty flattery as we try to gin you up for another round of anti-CISPA actions:

As Congress gets ready to vote on CISPA on Friday, more than 10,000 of you have called members of Congress over the last 24 hours to ask them to vote no.  Wow.

It's clear that our phone calls and emails are making a difference:

CISPA's sponsors have agreed to amend the legislation to constrain what the government can do with the information it uses CISPA to collect.

[2012-04-26 02:23:50]

This is HUGE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA if it makes its way through Congress.

CISPA is up for a vote this week. It would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States, giving the government -- including the military -- broad new powers to spy on Internet users.

The White House's letter expresses precisely the concerns that we've been highlighting over recent weeks -- and is a result of the public pressure against CISPA:

  • The White House says that any cybersecurity legislation must preserve "Americans' privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and [recognize] the civilian nature of cyberspace."
  • It says that, "The bill also lacks sufficient limitations on the sharing of personally identifiable information between private entities and does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes."

And the letter goes on to assert that:

The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties.

Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public's trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.

This is an amazing development.

[2012-04-26 18:55:11]

Wow -- just, wow: The last 48 hours have been extraordinary.

More than 15,000 of you have called Congress, and more than 100,000 have sent in emails to your lawmakers in opposition to CISPA.

And all of that work is starting to pay off: President Obama issued a veto threat late yesterday.

But we're not done yet: We need to keep up the pressure on Congress as they get ready to vote on Friday.


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0 # Aahz 2012-04-13 12:20
Facebook digging its own grave i guess, Google+ has green light now.
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