Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Re-posting: Avaaz

Whilst this re-posting does not have anything to do with the environment or climate change directly, I still felt it was important to re-post. First there was ACTA and now this...Like everything else in life there are good and bad aspects to the internet and the media will try and have you believe it is a scary place, but on the whole I believe that the internet is an amazing tool for information-sharing and communication. It allows those who would never be seen or noticed otherwise to have a platform, from the weird to the alternative niche to the unique. Its a place where serendipitous encounters can make your day, a place where single wonderful occurrences in a place and time can be shared with millions. It is a place to find information and inspiration. The internet is what you make of it and I certainly don't want it to become a tool for divulging my private details. We make our lives complicated enough where we have to deal with bureaucracy every day, be wary of the small print constantly, fight every detail and now we have to do the same with our own privacy? No thanks, enough is enough.

Dear friends,



Right now, corporations like Microsoft and Facebook are supporting a powerful new law that would allow the US to spy on almost everything we do online. But if enough of us speak out, we can demand that the corporations withdraw their support and stop the cyber-spying. Join the call:
Right now, the US is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the final vote.

Companies that we trust with our personal information, like Microsoft and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security -- nullifying privacy guarantees for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live and surf online.

If enough of us speak out, we can stop companies that profit from our business from supporting cyber-spying.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow companies doing business in the US to collect exact records of all of our online activities and hand them over to the US government, without ever notifying us that we are being watched. No warrant, no legal cause and no due process required. To make matters worse, the bill provides the government and corporations with blanket immunity to protect them from being sued for violation of privacy and other illegal actions.

The bill’s supporters claim that consumer information will be protected, but the reality is that huge loopholes would make everything we do online fair game -- and nowadays, from banking to shopping, our private information is all stored on the Internet.

CISPA is being moved forward in Congress and will be voted upon in days. Let’s raise a massive outcry to stop corporations from giving the US a blank check to monitor our every move.

This year, we helped stop SOPA, PIPA and ACTA -- all dire threats to the Internet. Now, let’s block CISPA and end the US government attack on our Internet.

WIth hope and determination,

Dalia, Allison, Emma, Ricken, Rewan, Andrew, Wen-Hua, and the rest of the Avaaz team
 TO TAKE ACTION PLEASE CLICK HERE

More information:

CISPA: The internet finds a new enemy (Global Post) - CLICK HERE

CISPA protests begin amid key changes to legislation (Los Angeles Times) - CLICK HERE

Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It (Electronic Frontier Foundation) - CLICK HERE

New CISPA Draft Narrows Cybersecurity Language as Protests Loom (Mashable) - CLICK HERE
 

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