Linked by Guest on Tue 24th Apr 2012 08:53 UTC
Internet & Networking The SOPA and PIPA laws were defeated in the U.S. just months ago, and already the forces for internet control are back. Up for vote this week, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would override all privacy laws so that private companies (like ISPs) can share all information with the U.S. government. No warrants or other authorization required. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) points out the problems with this law. Like SOPA and PIPA, the privacy issues and monitoring could reach far beyond U.S. borders.
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Until everyone gets tired, or used to, "widespread internet protests," and it just passes. As much as constituents matter, what really matters (in order of importance) is money, constituents who regularly vote, constituents who might vote, constituents who could vote, and finally everyone else. So, unless you can get middle class white women 50 and over to care about it (one of the most regular voters), or drop fat stacks of cash in super-pacs and re-election warchests, then it's going to stay on the floor of the house and senate. Even if this bill gets defeated there will be CRISPER, POOPA, FOOPA, and as many variations as they need to get it passed.

Sometimes I think the age of the 'free' internet is dying in the same way that the wild west died. There's just too much money, freedom and too much power out there that people are tempted to try to control it. As much as our US govt praises the role of the internet when it comes to revolutions in other countries, I'm sure there are people who are terrified that the same tools could be used for wide-spread unrest or protests in the US.

The only other approach I can think of is to stop consuming their content. Pick a blockbuster opening weekend or a holiday season and go for some period of time on a boycot. Now new games. No going to movies. No pay per view. No streaming rentals. No iTunes purchases, etc. Of course, I'm assuming people that get fired up about this could be persuaded to go without for a couple of weeks. But, next to setting up a paypal account and putting together a big blob of cash as a 'reward' for opposing these laws...

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I agree with every one of your points. If there was an "Insightful +10" button, I would have used it.

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