CISPA is back, Corporations and government sharing your data with each other. What could be better?


This marks the third time Congress is trying to pass the bill to allow corporations to share our personal data with governments loosely. In addition, the 2015 version of CISPA would create a data sharing program between the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense, with no accountability measures outside of their own agencies. Not only that, but any data shared would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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US Government Comes Down Hard On 3D Printed Guns, The World Has Changed.

Last year we predicted the next great battle between the online public and the government would be around 3D printing. Now the battle is here courtesy of the US State Department and Senator Schumer.

3D printing is a massively disruptive technology. Sure, one can print a gun with this technology but one can build a gun if one really wants to from materials at a hardware store. “Zip guns” which are made from everyday industrial materials have been around since the gun was invented.

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Immigration Bill Contains 400 Waivers, Exceptions and Exemptions

The issue from our perspective is not immigration per se. Our beef is with the complexity of the bill which comes in at over 800 pages. (In the end it will likely be more.) It is reportedly chock full of goodies and loopholes written by lobbyists with various agendas. I know, who would have thought?

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Pro-CISPA Forces Spent 140 Times More Lobbying Than Opponents

Interests supporting a controversial bill aimed at improving cyber security, set for a House vote Thursday, spent 140 times as much lobbying Congress as those on the other side of the debate and have dozens of former Capitol Hill insiders working on their behalf, an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation’s Reporting Group shows.

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Another Loss For Freedom At the Hands Of the Republicans, CISPA Passed the House

Congratulations America, the Republican controlled House of Representatives just passed CISPA, which will allow private companies to share your personal online information with the government with no worry of legal liability. If AT&T shares your medical records with Uncle Sam, well that’s too bad. There’s nothing you can do about it.

Now it goes to the Senate, where McCain, and Schumer are waiting to send it to the president for signature. Obama has indicated that he might veto,

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