Less than a year after PIPA and SIPA were shot down by an angry mob of internet users, the US government is attempting to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. And just like last time, thousands of website from Reddit to Craigslist are teaming up to raise awareness and stop the bill from passing.
More than 30,000 websites have come together to protest the CISPA movement. The websites are displaying interactive banner ads, both across the top of their websites (see above) and in banner form throughout their posts and sidebars.
The movement to raise CISPA awareness is once again being led by the Internet Defense League. In the posted messages, the IDL writes, “CISPA is back. This bill sacrifices privacy without improving security. We deserve both.”
The movement is being led by the anti-CISPA “Week of Action” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and stop further movement on the controversial bill.
If you are unfamiliar with the Internet Defense League, it was started as part of the Fight for the Future group, which includes powerful internet names including WordPress, Mozilla (makers of Firefox), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others.
If passed, CISPA would allow private companies and government agencies to share cybersecurity information with one another. While government officials claim the system will strengthen security against hackers, the bill is also be touted as a spy machine for government agencies.
CISPA made it through the House of Representatives last year even though the White House vetoed the bill over privacy concerns. The Senate eventually shot down CISPA.
With the bill now being resubmitted for consideration, websites all over the United States and various other parts of the world are speaking out against the measure.
As an adamant supporter, I added the banner to my own website SocialNewsDaily.com, which you can see at the top of this page. Support for website owners simply means placing a small piece of code within a website’s template.
Are you supporting the rally to end CISPA before it can go any further?