This was just drawn to my attention – apparently it comes from Namecheap.com which is (I believe) an Australian based ISP.
SOPA has died. But a more ominous threat, CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, looms ahead.
CISPA, which emerged in 2012, has been rebirthed this week as an even bigger threat to online freedom. If CISPA is passed, the US government gains the power to shut off Internet traffic and empowers the US government to ask your ISP about your online activities in the efforts to learn about possible cyber security threats and Internet attacks. Advocated under the premise of anti-terrorism legislation, this legislation is so broad that it threatens to endanger the privacy of every individual and ordinary and law abiding citizens. This act makes your private online activity now public, giving ISPs the right to share your personal information completely without your knowledge, due process, or authorization.
Namecheap continues its fight against all such legislation, and we stand tall to raise the alarm against any and all legislation that promotes censorship or threatens the privacy of the individual. We will continue to call out the need for due process, bring awareness to any such threat, and donate to the cause.
Our CEO, Richard Kirkendall, says:
CISPA is just another re-hashed version of SOPA, which was vehemently opposed by the entire internet community. This is another attempt by congress to backdoor this anti-privacy and pro censorship legislation while everyone is sleeping. We want to sound the alarm and bring attention to this while we all can still take action.Shari Steele, Executive Director, EFF, says:
EFF is pleased to stand with Namecheap in voicing strong opposition to the CISPA legislation recently re-introduced in the House. We thank Namecheap users for their much-needed support and generosity. With the support of the Namecheap community, EFF can continue the fight for digital rights on behalf of all Internet users.We must unite to ensure that this threat to our liberties does not see the light of day.
Contact your elected officials via EFF’s tool and sign the petition against CISPA today.
Who is EFF?
EFF stands for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-supported membership organization that works to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology and to educate the public on their digital rights. For more information, visit www.eff.org.
So are we to expect another extra-territorial assault from that bastion of freedom, the USA?
Of course, they are the land of the free… Which means they are free to do what they want to the rest of the world.
I’m clearly against this, just because the internet is the ideal way for me to communicate with my family over there.
OTOH, if I didn’t know anyone there, then I could care less if they want to make themselves like North Korea, but it might get the rest of the civilized world to think about how it would be our best interests in attempting to contain this crazy beast called the USA.
Under the guise of curbing the “radicalization” of U.S. citizens and identifying and purging potentially violent persons from the Internet, the White House has initiated the creation of a new interagency working group to address what it calls a growing problem.
The White House issued a fact sheet delineating the broad objectives of the plan
Violent extremist groups ─ like Al Qaeda and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent “sovereign citizens” ─ are leveraging online tools and resources to propagate messages of violence and division. These groups use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts. Some members and supporters of these groups visit mainstream fora to see whether individuals might be recruited or encouraged to commit acts of violence, look for opportunities to draw targets into private exchanges, and exploit popular media like music videos and online video games. Although the Internet offers countless opportunities for Americans to connect, it has also provided violent extremists with access to new audiences and instruments for radicalization.”
Yup. We better walk in lockstep if we don’t want to face the Imperial stormtroopers.
And on a related note, Hitler also had his opponents that needed to be purged, and his people cheered for him, too..
Somebody should tell Darth FATBARDT that the tighter he squeezes his fist, that us ‘rebels’ will slip that much easier through his fingers.