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Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

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 […]

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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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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ACTA rejected by EU Parliament committees in crucial vote

The European Parliament has opposed the controversial ACTA treaty, after three of its influential committees said the trade agreement should be rejected. The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) all voted against implementing the agreement, which caused mass […]

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CISPA vs. The Pirate Bay: who will win the future of information sharing?

In case you haven’t looked up from your cave in a while, the biggest, messiest clash of titans so far in 2012 is currently being fought on the world stage. I’m referring to the battle between bills like CISPA and file sharing sites like The Pirate Bay. Some of the players in this epic include: […]

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House approves CISPA 248-168

The House of Representatives has approved CISPA with a vote count of 248-168. Initially slated to vote on the bill Friday, it decided to pass it Thursday after approving a number of amendments. The snap vote took place after Congressional legislators approved a number of amendments to CISPA. Apart from cyber and national security purposes, […]

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