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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports CISPA?

Posted on April 13th, 2012 at 16:39 by Paul Jay in category: News -- Write a comment


The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short) is currently being discussed in Congress and it seems that Mark Zuckerberg is in support of the Act.

Digital Journal recently reported on CISPA, the official title of this controversial act being H.R. 3523, and that it is feared that CISPA is far worse than SOPA and PIPA in its possible effects on the Internet.
Now Demand Progress is reporting that, despite his remarks recently about protecting privacy and the free internet, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is actually in support of the act.

Facebook has signed on in support of CISPA, the new bill which would potentially let ISPs block websites, cut off users accused of piracy and give the military broad new abilities to spy on the internet.

The Center for Democracy and Technology has said, “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.” It is suggested that internet users visit their web page to find out more about CISPA.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation: “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.”
Digital Trends has published an article listing 800 companies that are in support of CISPA.
Demand Progress is now running a petition which anyone determined to keep the internet free should sign.
The message to Zuckerberg from this petition?
 “What is Facebook thinking? You’re encouraging Congress to obliterate online privacy. Even as your users express increasing concern about the privacy of their accounts on your site. Please withdraw your support for CISPA right away.”
  1. I was at a Larry Lessig talk the other day, and he pointed out something that’s obvious in retrospect but worth keeping in mind: regular people, even domain experts, are willing to fight for and against laws. But after a while they get bored and move on. Lobbyists, on the other hand, stay around and fight until they get what their clients want. It’s very hard to beat lobbyists without having your own, because they keep coming back.

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