Senate Advances Expanded, "Orwellian" Gov’t Surveillance with FISA Amendments, CISPA. This is a rush transcript.
Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The Senate is moving closer to renewing a series of controversial measures that critics say allows government agencies, including the National Security Agency, to monitor your emails and phone calls. Earlier this week, the Democratic-led Senate Select Committee on Intelligence sought to extend controversial amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that were set to expire at the end of this year.
The amendments were passed in the wake of the Bush administration’s wireless domestic surveillance scandal. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden or Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado opposed the extension on civil liberties grounds. AMY GOODMAN: Meanwhile, the U.S. To talk about these developments, we’re joined by two guests. We’re going to turn first to William Binney. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And Michelle— WILLIAM BINNEY: And when they do that—yes, go ahead. MICHELLE RICHARDSON: Yes. MICHELLE RICHARDSON: Yes. REP. GEN. New Cybersecurity Amendments Unveiled to Address Privacy Concerns. No cyber news is usually good news, but today is an exception.
Senators have unveiled significant privacy amendments that will be incorporated into S. 2105, the Cybersecurity Act. Authored by Sens. Lieberman, Feinstein, Rockefeller and Collins, the bill provides comprehensive cybersecurity reform, including a new ‘information sharing’ program that permits companies to share internet info with each other and the government. We’ve told you about the risks of information sharing in the past (hello, CISPA), and in fact have raised our concerns with this legislation in particular. But thanks in large part to ACLU members and activists who have logged tens of thousands contacts with Congress, we’ve made progress. Cyber Sec Vote NEXT WEEK: Protect Privacy. The Senate version of CISPA looks like it'll be voted on next week.
We need senators to OPPOSE the bill, but SUPPORT pro-privacy amendments to it. But let's highlight some good news: Our efforts to secure Internet freedom and privacy protections have largely worked -- and frankly, far better than we'd expected. Privacy advocates satisfied with Lieberman’s cybersecurity rewrite. Revisions that Sen.
Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) made to his Cybersecurity Act seem to have appeased privacy advocates who lobbied against an earlier version of the bill. Michelle Richardson, a legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told The Hill that Lieberman and other co-sponsors made "substantial changes" and undertook a "Herculean effort to build privacy protections" into the bill. Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior policy counsel at The Constitution Project, applauded the changes, saying they "go a long way toward alleviating our concerns. " CISPA sponsor: Obama will back down from his veto promise. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the U.S.
Representative responsible for introducing the Cyber Intelligence Security Protection Act to Congress, said that President Obama will sign the bill if it passes the Senate, despite an earlier White House promise to veto. “[I]f we can get a bill on information-sharing to the president's desk, he'll sign it. I do believe that,” Rogers said Monday after a panel discussion. CISPA passed the House of Representatives in April, and is expected to go before the Senate for a vote in late June or July.
In April, Obama’s advisers released a statement that condemned CISPA for the exact reasons most privacy advocates have: that under the guise of protecting the country from cyber attacks, the bill would allow companies to share a wealth of otherwise private user information with the government, with little recourse for users. CISPA Bill Heads for The Senate: Tell Them No « Politics Dissected. CISPA: Next Steps. The Internet has been in an uproar since the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was rushed through the US House of Representatives on Thursday.
Why the bill was rushed, the tally of its final count, and what happens next have all been hot in the news. My goal today is to bring you a simple, easily digestible picture of where we are in regards to CISPA, what might happen next, and what should be done. Now, as always, this post is not political in the normal sense.
We’re not advocating a party, or a politician, and certainly not an ideology. Instead, our subject is narrow: CISPA, and what it might mean for the technology world. Opinion: Big Brother looms over House GOP’s ‘Orwellian’ cybersecurity bill. Imagine a country where every email, every electronic banking transfer, every blogger’s political rant can be handed to the FBI and National Security Agency.
There is no need for a warrant from a judge. There is no legal protection for personal privacy. CISPA goes undercover for Senate Vote, named Cybersecurity Act 2012, action needed! Just what is the FBI's National Domestic Communications Assistance Center For? So the FBI has started a new club and one that involves the US Marshals, the DEA and apparently even the NSA.
This clubs whole purpose is to find ways to monitor and decrypt data that transferred through electronic communications. Sounds fairly innocuous right? After all these law enforcement agencies should have the tools they need to investigate crimes and to prevent threats to national security. 99 senators haven't come out against CISPA, and they're rushing a vote for as soon as they come back from Memorial Day recess. Today is the last day before they leave. They need to know we're not okay with this. : politics. Online Activists Team Up To Create Internet 'Bat Signal' May 27, 2012 The founder of the social news website Reddit and the online advocacy group Fight for the Future are teaming up to create a new warning and call-to-action system that will mobilize the computer community against Internet-unfriendly legislation.
According to Forbes Staff Writer Andy Greenberg, 29-year-old Alexis Ohanian and the organization co-founded by Tiffiny Cheng and Holmes Wilson have joined forces to establish what they are calling the Internet Defense League, which is set to officially launch next month. “Any website owner can sign up on the group´s website to add a bit of code to his or her site — or receive that code by email at the time of a certain campaign — that can be triggered in the case of a political crisis like SOPA, adding an activist call-to-action to all the sites involved, such as a widget or banner asking users to sign petitions, call lawmakers, or boycott companies,” Greenberg explained in a May 25 article.
The Internet Defense League is Moving Into Full Swing Against CISPA. In a world (insert dramatical music here) where the forces of greed, evil and bad comb-overs are plotting to control the very lines of communication used for free speech there stands one group of rag tag heroes ready to fight them.
Coming this summer … Ok so enough of the cheesy intro. After the headaches and pains of fighting both SOPA and PIPA some of the core activist groups (activists for a free and open internet) have decided to get together and create a method for notifying website owners that are interested in fighting this type of legislation when a new bill comes out. Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and Fight for the Future (the same group that supplied many sites with the fake takedown code during the SOPA blackout) have gotten together and formed the Internet Defense League.
Membership in the league is voluntary and all site owners have to do is sign up with an email address that they can send warning to. Senate Dems modifying cybersecurity bill to pick up GOP votes. Senate Democrats are quietly revamping cybersecurity legislation in an attempt to pick up Republican votes. The move is an acknowledgement that they currently lack the 60 votes needed to bring their preferred bill to the floor. "Undoubtedly we'll make some changes," a Senate Democratic aide told The Hill. The People Trying To Ruin The Internet: John McCain. At the Voice, we have been regularly following internet policy developments. We figured it would be cool -- maybe even a public service? -- to ID people who keep pushing for web-killing proposals such as CISPA, SOPA, and PIPA in this new, occasional feature: "The People Trying To Ruin The Internet.
" Enjoy! Since the U.S. Internet Defense League seeks to protect online freedom. A group of online activists, headed by Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have formed the Internet Defense League to warn web users of damaging legislation being crafted and organize website owners to protest in the name of Internet freedom. The initiative was inspired by the January 18 "blackout" that shut down SOPA and PIPA but will make it easier for anyone to participate. The idea is fairly simple: anyone with a website signs up using an email address, and whenever a bit of legislation that threatens the open Web pops up, the IDL will release a piece of code that webmasters can embed on their site to display a warning message.
It should be noted that the warning message is not displayed automatically, as the decision to participate on each protest remains with the site owner. Analysis of CISPA: Will the government hire Facebook to spy on you? White House: Twitter's Adopton of Do Not Track is "an Important Step" In a post shared on the official White House Blog today, the Obama administration expressed its support for Twitter’s move to join the ranks of sites employing the privacy feature, Do Not Track. The privacy feature, which Twitter now supports in all browsers, allows users to opt-out of third-party tracking cookies, including those used for advertising.
In its post, the White House explained the importance of tech companies adopting the Do Not Track feature, emphasising the importance of seeing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights become a reality: As much as people use and love the internet and other digital technology, there has been a growing concern that rapid advances in technology can lead to an erosion of personal privacy.
U.K. gov't proposes terrifying new data surveillance program. White House Hires a New Cybersecurity Boss. Major CISPA opponent steps down, jeopardizing White House's veto promise. Stop Big Brother - Stop CISPA. CISPA: more heinous than SOPA, and it just passed. I haven't had much time to talk about the so-called cybersecurity bill called CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) because I've actually been working on a very in-depth cyberdefense project that I can't yet discuss publicly for clients who, you guessed it, I can't discuss publicly. Even so, I wanted to take a moment to share some disturbing breaking news. According to TechDirt, a site I quite respect, CISPA just passed the House in a rushed vote, with some amendments that TechDirt claims pretty much, well, here, read it for yourself: The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a "cybersecurity crime".
Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all Now, I haven't sat down and read the entire bill as revised and just passed by the House, but I will. CISPA passes the House, privacy battle moves to Senate - Post Tech. Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 04/27/2012 Apr 27, 2012 01:19 PM EDT. Urge The President to Veto the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA). Services The Salsa Client Services team handles all new client set-ups as well as custom projects such as data clean-up, large-scale content and campaign migration, webpage customization and custom reporting. Internet Freedom – CISPA. Last night concerned techies from Silicon Valley put together an online town hall, broadcast from San Francisco via justin.tv about House bill CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act). It’s too bad this type of debate is not simultaneously being held in a national forum, as it’s implications could impact the the civil liberties and privacy of every single American down the road.
Sleazy business: CISPA ‘pushed by spy & tech companies for profit' Cispa finds six more sponsors as critics continue to attack new cyber spy bill. A controversial bill aimed at tackling cybercrime has gained support this week even as critics including the Obama administration charge it threatens to overturn privacy protections. CISPA cybersecurity bill 'not being rushed through,' aide says. SAN FRANCISCO--A senior U.S. House of Representatives aide said at an event held this evening at CNET's headquarters that he was astonished by the recent groundswell of opposition to a cybersecurity bill expected to be voted on next week.
CISPA 'Pushed By Spy And Tech Companies For Profit' CISPA isn’t SOPA 2.0, but you should still be wary of the latest congressional tech bill. Photograph by Mario Tama/Getty Images. Three months ago, the Stop Online Piracy Act was killed by righteous, indignant Internet activists who found the legislation so menacing that they blacked out their sites in protest. Now, the story goes, SOPA is back, like a movie villain rising from the grave for a bloody sequel. CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has been dubbed “SOPA 2.0” by tech blogs, who want you to believe it’s the same devil in a new disguise. Debunking CISPA supporters' claims of harmlessness, inevitability. A coalition of US civil liberties organizations have declared this to be Stop Cyber Spying Week, with the goal of scuttling CISPA, the Internet spying bill that promotes web-censorship, bulk surveillance, and warrantless wiretapping by government and Internet companies, while turning over spying governance to the unaccountable, secretive NSA.
CISPA's supporters, notably CISPA sponsor Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), have pooh-poohed the Internet's concerns, and say that the bill is a lock, and nothing we say can change Congress's mind (apparently, they've forgotten the lesson of SOPA). Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation replies with specific, Internet-breaking, out-of-control surveillance scenarios CISPA would create: One of the scariest parts of CISPA is that the bill goes above and beyond information sharing.
Its definitions allow for countermeasures to be taken by private entities, and we think these provisions are ripe for abuse. CISPA Isn't 'Son of SOPA' (But That's Not Saying Much) Like a lion in tall grass, legislation to bolster America’s defense against cyber-attacks has been lying in wait in congressional committees for years. But now that legislation is about to leap onto the congressional conveyor belt where bills become law. Stop CISPA? Cybersecurity bill adds six new co-sponsors in two days. Protests underway against CISPA cybersecurity info-sharing bill. CISPA battle heats up, as both sides fight to control the message. White House questions CISPA cybersecurity bill - Tech Talk. CISPA Foes Meet, Seek Common Ground. Administration pushes against bipartisan House cybersecurity legislation. CISPA Sponsor Mike Rogers Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence' On Landing. Worse than SOPA & PIPA… CISPA is coming to censor the Internet! UmeNow: Facebook and CISPA, Cyber Police State?
Speak Out Against CISPA: Join The Twitter Campaign And Contact Your Representative. Facebook Speaks Up On CISPA Cyber Threat Legislation Limitations. CISPA (aka SOPA 2.0) Pushed Forward by For-Profit Spying Lobby. Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin. CISPA and Facebook: Orwellian alliance or much ado about nothing?
New bipartisan House cybersecurity bill haunted by ghost of SOPA’s failure. SOPA/PIPA: Deputizing Internet Intermediaries to Enforce IP Rights. MPAA Tech Policy Chief Quits, Comes Out Attacking SOPA/PIPA - Digital Video Forums. New CISPA Draft Narrows Cybersecurity Language as Protests Loom. Facebook weighs in on cybersecurity legislation. Facebook Responds to CISPA Controversy. Even worse than SOPA: New CISPA cybersecurity bill will censor the Web. Fascism Comes to the Internet: Introducing CISPA. Twitter Trackbacks for Say 'hello' to CISPA, it will remind you of SOPA [cnet.com. Move Over SOPA: Why CISPA Has Privacy Activists Up in Arms. Facebook Defends CISPA, Denies Plans to Share User Data.
Facebook defends CISPA while pledging not to share more data. Facebook says it has ‘no intention’ to abuse CISPA. SOPA, CISPA and Other Cyber Laws: The Impact on Business. Big Brother is watching botnets: White House rolls out initiative to fight viruses. CISPA, Terrorising us into Giving up our Privacy Due to a Cyber Terrorism Threat ? SOPA, CISPA and Other Cyber Laws: The Impact on Business. Privacy-eliminating CISPA Awaits Its Fate in the Senate. Tell Senate To Oppose Cyber Security Bill And Indefinite Detention. Who Needs CISPA? White House Unveils Voluntary Data Sharing Plan To Fight Botnets. NYTimes Reveals Details Of How US Created Stuxnet... And How A Programming Error Led To Its Escape. - fight Internet Piracy Videos. Stuxnet Was A US Operation... Now the push for SOPA, PIPA and CISPA by Congress Makes a Little More Sense...
WTF: SOPA, CISPA, FISA. How to Meet the Cyber-Threat against America in the 21st Century. Internet Defense League Hopes to Man a "Bat Signal" for Citizens of the Internet. Anonymous’ Operation Facebook: Is it payback for CISPA? : #CISPA cosponsor, twitter addresses – #cispa #opdefense #stopcispa #opblackout #cybersecurity #spying #privacy « GNU-Darwin Action Blog. Beyond CISPA: The cybersecurity bills you need to worry about right now. With CISPA, Congress turns internet websites into police.
New, Invasive Online Surveillance Bill Rears Its Head. US Senate must kill CISPA, SOPA 2.0. New Law Will Let the Feds Monitor Your Email. Senator Joe Lieberman’s Cybersecurity Bill Faces Uphill Battle. Stop Big Brother - Stop CISPA. Why the Government Can’t Remain the Cybersecurity Czar. Mozilla Raises CISPA Privacy Concerns. Letting our lawmakers make laws about cybersecurity is probably a mistake. Mozilla Stand Against CISPA, Saying The Bill Will Infringes on Our Privacy. FBI Lobbies to Make Online Services Wiretap-Friendly by www. From SOPA to CISPA: The Power and Problems of Internet Activism.
Twitter Pushes Back Against Subpoena For Protester's Tweets. Euro-virus extorts 'fines' from U.S. users with content-piracy accusations. Thom Hartmann: CISPA...the beginning of the end of online privacy? Cyber Security Bill Raises Concerns Over Privacy. Reddit co-founder slams Facebook over CISPA support — RT Comments. Reddit co-founder won't buy Facebook stock over CISPA support. Mozilla Warns CISPA is “Alarming” Threat to Privacy. CISPA violates online privacy and will flood the government with too much data. Anonymous To Launch Operation Defense in Attempt to Stop CISPA.