CISPA Resources On The Web
There has been plenty of articles written about this eleven page proposal, so I’ll spare you the summary. However, I’d like to share some of things I noticed along my quest for understanding.
Finding articles in favor of this legislation using Google search is surprisingly difficult. If your like me, you like your news balanced. You like to understand what both sides are thinking. You expect to gain perspective.
If your interested in this legislation the four most representative articles of the debate I found (when read together) were: Eweek, PC World, CNET, and Techdirt
I’m impressed with lawmakers response to the public’s distaste for the bill. Their proposed addendum makes the legislation more descriptive and therefore more limited in its grandiose applications. Their addendum effectively took out their back door mentioning of IP theft in the bill, which is what reminded us so much of SOPA.
It’s clear now after the unsuccessful SOPA & PIPA bills that any legislation regarding the internet is not a one-way conversation. The internet is organized, the internet is informed, and the internet wants to be free.
Previously, the definition of cybersecurity and cyber threat information was:
(A) efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network; or
(B) theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.
While the first part remains unchanged, the second part is now much narrower:
(B) efforts to gain unauthorized access to a system or network, including efforts to gain such unauthorized access to steal or misappropriate private or government information
For a list of companies that publicly support CISPA visit Intelligence.House.Gov
To stay informed you can read the legislation (which is surprisingly short) and receive email alerts about its progress through the legal process here: Govtrack.us
Follow the money. See how much Congresspeople are getting paid to sway their vote on the bill, and how often they vote with the money! SOPAtrack
Don’t Like CISPA? Take Effective Action.
Email your congressman here: Demand Progress
Sign a petition to be sent to congress. Currently 657,000 signatures strong.
What do you think about CISPA, or about this blog post?