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US House of Representatives passes CISPA cybersecurity bill

US House of Representatives passes CISPA cybersecurity bill

The US House of Representatives has passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA). Lawmakers in the House voted 288-to-127 Thursday afternoon to accept the bill. Next it will move to the Senate and could then end up on the desk of US President Barack Obama for him to potentially sign the bill […]

Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama bypassed the Congress on Tuesday and signed the much maligned but anticipated cybersecurity executive order. He made the announcement during the State of the Union address, stating: ‘We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking […]

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Australian Government Dumps Mandatory Internet Filtering Scheme

THE Australian Federal Government has withdrawn a proposal to implement an internet filtering scheme that has been likened to firewalls operating in China and Iran. The internet filtering scheme, initially proposed by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2007, would have forced all Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to block all websites that have been identified by the […]

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New Cybersecurity Proposal: Privacy Vulnerabilities

Rainey Reitman and Lee Tien EFF For months, we’ve been raising the alarm about the serious civil liberties implications of the cybersecurity bills making their way through the Senate. Hours ago, we received some good news. A new bill called the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S 3414) is replacing the prior Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act (S 2150). This […]

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When It Comes to Cybersecurity, Scare Tactics Aren’t Convincing Americans to Sacrifice Privacy

Rainey Reitman EFF This week, comments from Democratic Senators, a panel of witnessses, and the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) called on the Senate to enact cybersecurity legislation. But a new poll shows that Americans don’t want to sacrifice civil liberties by allowing unfettered data exchanges between corporations and the government. Discussions this […]

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SOPA Being Reintroduced Through Creation of Copyright Commissars

Joe Wright Activist Post The battle rages on between lovers of the free Internet and a big government hellbent on controlling the only semblance of a fair and balanced media that still exists. An onslaught of bills have been introduced worldwide which seek to criminalize the fundamental way that information is freely shared. Among the […]

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CISPA sponsor says Obama will sign cybersecurity bill

The White House has gone on the record to say that US President Barack Obama will veto the controversial cybersecurity bill known as CISPA, but the author of the act has his doubts that the commander-in-chief will keep that promise. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), one of two US Representatives responsible for introducing the heated Cyber […]

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10 Failed Attempts to Control the Internet

The topic that was dangling at the forefront of most American’s minds at the end of 2011, and even seeping into the beginning of 2012, was the fate of the Internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act, discussed further below, whipped citizens into a frenzy and led to the largest Internet-based protest to date. In light […]

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