“A vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a controversial bill aimed at expanding the amount of cyberthreat information shared between private companies and the U.S. government is scheduled for Friday.House debate on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is scheduled to begin Thursday, followed by a Friday vote, according to information from the House Intelligence Committee, where the bill originated.Critics of the bill say it would trample the privacy rights of Internet users, and some Democratic lawmakers and outside groups have repeated those concerns. CISPA does not include “necessary safeguards” to protect privacy, 18 House Democrats said in a letter sent Monday to CISPA sponsors Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat.”~Read More: PCWorld
“In short BREIN’s demands are as follows:1. The Pirate Party should be banned from operating a reverse proxy for Pirate Bay2. The Pirate Party should be banned from operating a generic proxy service3. The Pirate Party should be banned from linking to third-party proxies4. The Pirate Party should be banned from listing new IP-addresses / domains Pirate Bay registers5. The Pirate Party should be banned from encouraging people to circumvent the Pirate Bay blockadeIf the Pirate Party violates the above terms BREIN asked for a penalty of €10,000 per day, up to a maximum of €250,000.”~Read More: TorrentFreak
“In a few months millions of BitTorrent users in the United States will be actively monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs. Those caught sharing copyright works will receive several warning messages and will be punished if they continue to infringe. Today the center responsible for administering the scheme announced its Executive Board, which surprisingly enough doesn’t include any neutral executives…After six warnings ISPs may then take a variety of repressive measures, which includes slowing down the offender’s connection and temporary disconnections. The new plan was announced under the name ‘Copyright Alerts‘ last year and will be implemented by all parties by July 12, 2012.” Read more: TorrentFreak
Meanwhile in The Netherlands..Dutch Pirates Go To Battle:
“With the might of a whole generation behind them, today the Dutch Pirate Party goes to war for a free internet. By dragging BREIN to court, the Pirate Party finally has the chance to put forward arguments to strike the court injunction that was unilaterally imposed on it last Friday by Dutch entertainment industry organisation BREIN….
The Dutch Pirate Party calls upon all pirates and freedom-loving landlubbers to stand up and support our fight against censorship. Because as Martin Luther King might have said it, were he alive today, “freedom on the internet is indivisible, a threat to freedom of the internet anywhere is a threat to freedom on the internet everywhere.”Arrr!”~ Read More: Press Release
“Just months after the internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA were taken off the floor, a new and similarly scrutinized bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been gaining momentum and support from big technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and others. Although the bill is fundamentally different than SOPA it raises many of the same privacy concerns. Let’s take a look at the basics of how it might work and dig into why tech companies are currently supporting the bill…
If passed, CISPA would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to allow government agencies to swap customer data from Internet service providers and websites if that data is a threat to “cyber-security….
“CISPA transfers that role and responsibility over to a government entity.”~Read More: LifeHacker
Letters of support so far from the following companies Via ǝɔuǝbıןןǝʇuı sǝʌıʇɐʇuǝsǝɹdǝɹ ɟo ǝsnoɥ sn: