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CISPA Is the New SOPA
CISPA is the new SOPA. Today marks the opening of a week of action in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. It’s up for a vote later this month.
CISPA demolishes existing barriers between the government and the private sector — and between government agencies, including the military — that restrict casual data sharing. It would effectively allow information about Americans’ use of the Internet to slosh back and forth uninhibited.
The Center for Democracy and Technology says, “CISPA has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies and it supersedes all other privacy laws.”
Corporations like Facebook could share information about their users with other corporations and the government, so long as it’s justified by a concern fitting the overly broad conception of cybersecurity threats: alleged piracy or the “degradation’ of a company’s network, for instance. That data could then be used towards nearly any end, from surveillance to hocking products to Internet users.
And according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CISPA would accomplish much of the job that Hollywood and other content owners couldn’t get done off via SOPA earlier this year:
An ISP could even interpret this bill as allowing them to block accounts believed to be infringing, block access to websites like The Pirate Bay believed to carry infringing content, or take other measures provided they claimed it was motivated by cybersecurity concerns.
You can join nearly 90,000 other Internet users by using Demand Progress’s action page to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA.
Does Facebook really care about Internet users’ rights?
CISPA represents the first notable rift within the coalition of organizations and businesses that helped lead the charge against Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA’s opponents came together in a kumbaya moment, with almost anybody who cares about the Internet — as user, activist, or profiteer — lining up against the bill.
Facebook struck an aggressive posture in opposition to SOPA, and at the time Mark Zuckerberg asserted:
The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.
He was right, but it wasn’t hard for Facebook to oppose SOPA: Its passage would have hurt Facebook’s bottom line — and probably forced it to alter basic business practices — by forcing it to aggressively to police alleged piracy.
And now the profit motive is causing Facebook to support CISPA, at the expense of its users, because it would relieve certain regulatory burdens and provide attractive immunities for the company.
Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA. Now it’s time to make sure Facebook knows we’re furious:
Courtesy of David Segal RI State Representative, Former Congressional Candidate, Demand Progress Exec Director for The Huffington Post
UPDATE: The new iPad overheats and tends to explode when you put it in the microwave…
How To Make Facebook Friends In The Real World…
You are a student at Arizona State University…
You have 3 actual “real life” friends who tell you that you have the social skills of a South American Tree Sloth…And yet, according to Facebook, the world’s largest social network, you are a superstar with 5,000 Facebook friends….
You spend your days studying physics and alternate your evenings playing World of Warcraft (you are a level 80 Night Elf Druid) and posting photos of your pet gecko “Bilbo”, while randomly poking your small army of Facebook friends. (which is just too much poking really…)
Of course, you lead a completely normal, well-adjusted life…..
Until, you are invited to an “Event” in Downtown Tempe by one of your Facebook friends who invites people to events like a hyperactive spider monkey on Ritalin…
Friday night. 9pm. Mill Avenue.
You are standing in the middle of a crowded bar with a very large pink fizzy glass full of an unknown mixture of alcohol, crushed ice and food coloring…
You fail to comprehend why Tuesday would be considered fatter than any other day…
You spy a pretty blonde girl at the end of the bar. You approach and ask her if you were to “poke” her, would she reciprocate in kind and “poke” you too?
You are lying spread eagle on the floor of the bar. There is pink fizzy goo all over your brand new Star Wars T-Shirt. You feel the side of your face where there is a large red welt…
Remembering that “you only get a once in a lifetime opportunity so many times”, you make your way back over to the same pretty blonde girl and ask her if she would like to check out your “post”. You tell her that everyone likes your “post”, and you are sure that she will enjoy it too…
You are flying…flying into the cold night air…
The last thing that you see before landing onto an old homeless guy panhandling outside the bar on the sidewalk is the angry face of an extremely large man.
That angry face belongs to a man who is a bouncer and who curiously resembles a level 68 Goblin Warlock…
You wonder if the pretty blonde girl will ever comment on your “post”…
The homeless guy has a dog. It chews on your ankle.
As you walk down Mill Avenue, you see a short haired girl dressed in overalls. She looks just like a farm-girl. So, you ask her if she’d like to help you harvest your virtual corn. Or, you tell her, that you have a great pickle patch, if pickles are the type of tuber that she likes to pick.
You don’t understand how this girl expects you to “get lost” when you have Google Maps. So, you tell her that you’ll just follow her. In fact, you tell her that you are really quite good at following. You like to follow people. Following people is fun. You decide that you are definitely going to follow her…
Two very large and unpleasant Policemen escort you to a private jail cell…
Apparently, there are certain people who interpret excessive following behavior as “stalking”…
You do not want to poke or follow anyone here…
You decide to check in with FourSquare and discover that you are the “Mayor”…
You are the Mayor of the Tempe City Jail…
That is almost as cool as Farmville…
Stop Paying Facebook’s Taxes…
According to Citizens for Tax Justice’s new report, Facebook’s raking in many extra millions because of tax loopholes that let them pay nothing.
Through a ridiculous corporate loophole, Facebook could avoid paying income taxes for an entire generation. In 2012 alone, the social network is poised to receive a $0.5 billion government refund instead of paying its fair share.
Enough is enough. These unfair corporate tax loopholes need to come to an end, and there’s something we can do about them right now. This news about Facebook is a chance to get lots of Americans fired up about meaningful corporate tax reform.
How To Suck At Facebook.
This Week’s Episode - The Desperate Marketer….
The Day The LOLcats Died
SOPA and PIPA are two examples of recent legislation that is lethal to the internet as we know it. The internet rose up and is on its way to successfully fighting them off, but we need to stay vigilant.
Nerds, Geeks and Misfits of the World Throw Temper Tantrum: Steve Jobs Action Figure Cancelled After Pressure From Lawyers For His Family, Apple…
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The company that began advertising for an incredibly lifelike Steve Jobs doll won’t sell the figurines after all because of pressure from family and Apple lawyers.
In Icons had planned to offer the 1-foot (0.3-meter)-tall, lifelike figure dressed in Jobs’ trademark black mock turtleneck, rimless glasses and jeans.
But the San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/AoI1ZQ ) the company posted a statement on its website Sunday saying it had received “immense pressure” to drop the plan and made the decision out of its “heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.”
The iconic Apple co-founder died Oct. 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer.
In icons had intended to start shipping the doll in February. The company says any money received for pre-orders will be returned.
Take a look at the (unauthorized) Steve Jobs action figure. It’s so realistic, it’s downright creepy.
The 12-inch figure, which was to have been sold by inicons, was set to ship next month and would have retailed for an Apple-like premium of $99.99. But you would have got quite a lot of detail for your Benjamin. The figure features Jobs’s “uniform” of blue jeans, black mock turtleneck, and running shoes. The figure’s face has glasses, realistic facial stubble, and the unmistakable male pattern baldness.
According to the site’s product page, the figure comes with these features:
One realistic, sculpted head and two pairs of glasses.
One highly articulated body and three pairs of hands.
One black turtleneck and one pair of blue jeans.
One black leather belt and one chair (wood + metal).
One pair of black socks and sneaker(s).
Two apples (one with a bite).
One piece of “ONE MORE THING” hard backdrop.
People To Avoid On Facebook…
The Unfortunately Appropriate Tweet Of The Day….