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POLITICO : CISPA Bill Targeted by Activists

POLITICO : CISPA Bill Targeted by Activists

By JENNIFER MARTINEZ | 4/11/12 5:28 PM EDT

Cyber activists are looking to write a sequel to their takedown of SOPA with a “week of action” aimed at killing the new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

But the sequel's seldom as good as the original. And supporters say CISPA ain't SOPA.

SOPA, backed by the movie and music industries, would have cracked down on online piracy, making it harder for users to get cheap entertainment online. CISPA is aimed at combatting cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to share information about cyberthreats with the government. More important, the tech companies that battled against SOPA and helped foster protests through their social media platforms aren’t up in arms about CISPA.

Facebook, for example, is supporting it.

The challenge for the libertarians in the online community is to stir up resentment for CISPA among Internet users who already freely give up vast amounts of personal information to private companies and then mount a powerful enough offensive to make lawmakers back down.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Fight for the Future and several other advocacy groups will be rolling out the “Stop Cyberspying Week” campaign next Monday.

Their target is the bill sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) that is expected to go to the House floor in two weeks.

“We want to make sure the sponsors and the co-sponsors understand that the Internet is not going to stand for it and Internet users are going to start reacting to the fact that the bill is moving,” said Tiffiniy Cheng, co-director of Fight for the Future. The group, which played a leading role in the online opposition to SOPA and PIPA, is planning to launch a website called cispaisspying.org at the end of this week that will feature a tool to help Web users email lawmakers.

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