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Anonymous Calls for Internet Blackout Protesting CISPA

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Anonymous Urges Website to go Black for CISPA

Those following the news regularly will know that the highly debated Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has once again made it through the House of Representatives late last week. In the aftermath, known hacker and freedom activist group Anonymous are encouraging an Internet Blackout Day in the hopes of raising awareness.

A similar outcry for public awareness of CISPA took place in January of 2012, when websites were either replace or altered by messages explaining how dangerous this clause is for online security and freedom. Some of the most influential websites took part, such as Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, and 7000 more websites, which culminated is the Protect IP Act being scrubbed (remember "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act", or just PIPA?) as well as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).


The group with the Guy Fawkes masks have started to encourage websites to take action again against CISPA by blocking their sites, explaining why they are down, and encouraging other site owners to follow suit. The hacktivist organization believe that the internet should not be controlled by any one, and that information and access to should be free and unconstrained. However, those in favour of the bill are of the belief that by having legal control over the internet, they can have direct routes to dangerous individuals without warrants, at the cost of privacy and data protection laws, and  by extension, the fourth amendment.

As the act does not specify exactly what type and class of data pertains to cyber intelligence, it could give law enforcement agencies the power to turn popular public and private sharing websites into what you see in the picture below. We urge you contact your local senator or representative and make your own opinion heard, so that this can be decided upon as democratically as possible.

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    logainofhades , April 22, 2013 12:43 PM
    We have a bad job and economic situation, and our idiots in DC focus on this, and other unimportant distractions?
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    Dupontrocks11 , April 22, 2013 12:27 PM
    This is an anonymous I like. Promote change with civil disobedience, not fire. But honestly, this wouldn't happen if we didn't vote these people into office! Politics are important every once in a while people!
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    adgjlsfhk , April 22, 2013 11:17 AM
    seems familiar, might be because this is exactly the same as sopa, and all the other attempts to secretly get rid of our internet freedom.
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    ojas , April 22, 2013 11:29 AM
    Surprised Tom's isn't protesting time, nor is Wikipedia or any of the others.
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    borisof007 , April 22, 2013 11:36 AM
    Thank you Toms for making the matter very public, explaining the graveness of the potential fallouts, but for NOT pushing anyone to vote either way. Not that I wouldn't oppose CISPA, but it's nice to see you respect others' opinions : )
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    borisof007 , April 22, 2013 11:39 AM
    Thank you Toms for making the matter very public, explaining the graveness of the potential fallouts, but for NOT pushing anyone to vote either way. Not that I wouldn't oppose CISPA, but it's nice to see you respect others' opinions : )
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    Dupontrocks11 , April 22, 2013 12:27 PM
    This is an anonymous I like. Promote change with civil disobedience, not fire. But honestly, this wouldn't happen if we didn't vote these people into office! Politics are important every once in a while people!
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    captjack5169 , April 22, 2013 12:42 PM
    The Internet is the only thing the govt can't control. They want to total control of the information highway because then they can control what you know about, just like it was before the internet came to be.
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    logainofhades , April 22, 2013 12:43 PM
    We have a bad job and economic situation, and our idiots in DC focus on this, and other unimportant distractions?
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    skit75 , April 22, 2013 12:46 PM
    Handy link if you care to see how your representative voted or, if you care to see the actual bill. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h117
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    kinggraves , April 22, 2013 1:24 PM
    Except this year they aren't worried about getting reelected, so they'll vote for whomever bribes them the most. Same reason gun control acts are being shot down despite the fact they were popular with actual citizens. NRA, the media industries, all of them pay senators far more than you do. Won't vote them in next term? What makes you think the other guy will be any different?
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    jerm1027 , April 22, 2013 2:12 PM
    Quote:
    This is an anonymous I like. Promote change with civil disobedience, not fire. But honestly, this wouldn't happen if we didn't vote these people into office! Politics are important every once in a while people!


    Well, I suppose that's part of the issue, but I think it goes much deeper. For one, some of the politicians are very charismatic (Obama), so unless you're an avid follower of politics, it's quite easy to get caught in their lies. But I think the biggest issue is that the politicians don't work for us - large corporations are signing their checks, not the people they are suppose to represent. We need to get money out of politics. Our government is just about 100% corrupt, and unless you're voting independent, both parties are the same, and the choices you get are usually something like voting between cow shit and horse shit. At the end of the day, both parties are shit.

    If campaigns were funded by tax dollars, it would give politicians less incentive to do corporate favors, and it would give independent parties a fair chance. In short, if the politicians don't listen to our demands, we can actually vote for someone who will.
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    Blessedman , April 22, 2013 2:16 PM
    None of them will be any different until the nature of the game itself is changed. Close the loopholes and get the special interest groups out of congress. Limit the terms of any congressman to 2, 2 year terms and have expiration dates on all laws and amendments. Also when you become a congressman and work for the people, the people have the right with a majority vote that meets a quorum to audit and inspect all property deep into their family. If a corporation is caught bribing a congressman, that corporation's products (and any subsidiary) are price frozen and fined per product sold. Also dissolve the Federal Reserve Act.
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    Christopher1 , April 22, 2013 3:34 PM
    Blessedman, you are NEVER going to get them to put expiration dates on laws. Legislators HATE to actually have to do work and HATE to have to review laws, even when that is part of their duty as legislators.
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    falchard , April 22, 2013 4:03 PM
    This is a dumb bill. Supporters of CISPA do not give any money to the Republican party, how do they expect Republican congressman to pass the bill if they are not lining their pockets with campaign funds and actively campaign against them.
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    dalethepcman , April 22, 2013 4:18 PM
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    ....Same reason gun control acts are being shot down despite the fact they were popular with actual citizens. NRA, the media industries, all of them pay senators far more than you do.....


    Gun control act's are not popular where I'm from, nor anywhere else in the US. If gun control was as popular as you make it out to be, these act's would have passed.

    p.s. move next to me if you hate firearms, I always wanted to use one of these.

    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9pY7ATCUAA6esO.jpg:large

    On Topic, the White house stated this would be veto'd again if it somehow passed the senate.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/113/saphr624r_20130416.pdf
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    deadlockedworld , April 22, 2013 6:57 PM
    Hmmm.... lets think of the one group who's opinion on the Cybersecurity bill should not matter ... As opposed to CISPA as I am, Anonymous has no place to comment.
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    ipwn3r456 , April 22, 2013 7:42 PM
    I bet majority of the politicians doesn't know anything about the internet. Our internet will just becomes the same as North Korea in a few years if this keeps happening.
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    ipwn3r456 , April 22, 2013 7:43 PM
    I bet majority of the politicians doesn't know anything about the internet. Our internet will just becomes the same as North Korea in a few years if this keeps happening.
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    Truckinupga , April 22, 2013 9:40 PM
    The Government is already gaining control of every other source of info we receive, Such as the mainstream media. And no matter how many times it gets struck down in congress they want stop trying to take control of the last frontier of freedom we have, The Internet.
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    festa_freak , April 23, 2013 5:04 AM
    There needs to be a system in place that finds bad people online but leave the rest of us alone. I don't know what that is but it has to happen!
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    itchyisvegeta , April 23, 2013 10:47 AM
    No one has protested this yet, cause people are just now getting the word out. We all gotta speak out against all this crap, so we don't lose our rights.
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