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Is CISPA the New SOPA?

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When Internet protests defeated SOPA and PIPA legislation last year, protesters warned that government and companies might try to bring it back in another form. A new bill has been introduced to Congress called the ‘[URL="http://intelligence.house.gov/sites/intelligence.house.gov/files/documents/HR3523.pdf"]Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011[/URL]' or CISPA, for short. Unlike SOPA and PIPA, this new bill has the backing of some of Silicon Valley's largest and most well known companies including Microsoft and Facebook. Here is a [URL="http://intelligence.house.gov/bill/cyber-intelligence-sharing-and-protection-act-2011"]list of companies[/URL] that back the bill and links to the letters written in support of it.

The main point of the bill is Cyber Security, however detractors are afraid of the ambiguous content and wording in the bill. Mashable reports: "Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-Mich.), who introduced the bill along with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), has framed CISPA as a bill to protect American intellectual property from state-sponsored digital theft of intellectual property."

[URL="https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8444"]Opponents[/URL] of the bill are afraid of the future interpretation of the bill will greatly infringe on civil rights:

"Under Rep. Mike Rogers’ Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA),and Sen. John McCain’s SECURE IT Act, there are almost no restrictions on what information can be spied upon and how it can be used. That means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop “cybersecurity” threats.

Worst of all, the stated definition of "cybersecurity purpose" is so broad that it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would "degrade the network."

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