cispablackout ad joins the #CISPABLACKOUT this Monday, April 22nd. I will not post, tweet, share, update, or read. I feel like my absence for a day can show that without us there’s no internet. But if you do need to use the internet support the cause and tweet #CISPABLACKOUT.

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA) is making its way through Congress, and it’s passed a House vote this past Thursday. Unlike SOPA, the failed legislative attempt last year to halt online piracy, large tech companies are supporting the efforts to get CISPA passed. At one time, Facebook and Microsoft had signed on to support CISPA, but now they are reportedly backing away. I don’t support the CISPA and it will effect on fourth amendment rights. The amendment reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you don’t remember we needed to do this at the beginning of the year and SOPA WEB STRIKE ON JAN 18. Luckily our efforts did put a stop to SOPA but it found it’s way through the CISPA.

“As it stands, CISPA is dangerously vague, and should not allow for any expansion of government powers through a series of poorly worded definitions. If the drafters intend to give new powers to the government’s already extensive capacity to examine your private information, they should propose clear and specific language so we can have a real debate,” -The Electronic Frontier Foundation said on its website.