Opposing CISPA

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Remember SOPA and PIPA? They're nothing compared to this.

In the name of "cyber security," and under the auspices of helping the federal government defend itself from external threats (threats outside of the United States), a new bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.

When it comes to passing a law, doing something in the name of security is always a safer bet than doing something in the name of Intellectual Property Law. Security is a visceral word that implies it has real, direct application on your safety. However, like so many other laws of late, CISPA overreaches. It grabs too many powers in the name of security, and offers too few protections to the people most likely to be affected by it -- United States Citizens.

The House of Representatives is voting on it Friday.

Eric Raymond on Internet Censorship

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Eric Raymond in an open letter to Former Senator Chris Dodd:

We will not have it censored. We built the Internet as a tool to make every individual human being on the planet more empowered. What the users do with the Internet is up to them – not up to Hollywood, not up to politicians, and not even up to us who built it. Whatever else we Internet geeks may disagree on among ourselves, we will not allow our gift of fire to be snuffed out by jealous gods.