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April212013
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CONGRESS TAKES YOUR INTERNET PRIVACY

To the disappointent of advocates for civil liberties and internet freedom, the controversial Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the…
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To the disappointent of advocates for civil liberties and internet freedom, the controversial Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the…
April182013
April162013
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*** Did you hear that CISPA is back? ***

The misguided, anti-privacy bill — defeated last year by a huge public outcry — has been reintroduced in Congress and is up for a vote in the House on Wednesday.The new version of the bill would allow private companies to share our personal data with the government, other companies, and private agencies like the MPAA. Click here to join me in standing up to this assault on internet privacy:http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailtoThey don’t need a warrant, and companies who share your information are given immunity from all pre-existing privacy laws!No wonder companies like AT&T and Verizon have already signed on in support. Click here to tell congress NO to CISPA: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailtoSupporters of CISPA — like its sponsor Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger — have said they can’t see any reason why businesses needed to hide your personal data from the government.They don’t get it. Like last time, we need to take a stand against violations of our basic rights to privacy. Please join me in calling on Congress to oppose CISPA: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailto

*** Did you hear that CISPA is back? ***


The misguided, anti-privacy bill — defeated last year by a huge public outcry — has been reintroduced in Congress and is up for a vote in the House on Wednesday.

The new version of the bill would allow private companies to share our personal data with the government, other companies, and private agencies like the MPAA. Click here to join me in standing up to this assault on internet privacy:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailto

They don’t need a warrant, and companies who share your information are given immunity from all pre-existing privacy laws!

No wonder companies like AT&T and Verizon have already signed on in support.

Click here to tell congress NO to CISPA:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailto

Supporters of CISPA — like its sponsor Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger — have said they can’t see any reason why businesses needed to hide your personal data from the government.

They don’t get it.

Like last time, we need to take a stand against violations of our basic rights to privacy. Please join me in calling on Congress to oppose CISPA:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/CISPA_IBM?referring_akid=2122.654596.LlFy_L&source=mailto

July152012

SOPA IS BACK: Lamar Smith trying to quietly revive SOPA and cram it down the world’s throats

abaldwin360:

It’s not just ACTA that is being snuck back into law through undemocratic means. Lamar Smith, the powerful committee chairman and corporatist archvillain who tried to ram through SOPA last year is now bent on reviving his slain monster and unleash it upon the earth.

The new bill, the Intellectual Property Attache Act, will create a class of political officers who will see to it that all US trade negotiations and discussions advance SOPA-like provisions in foreign law. And as we’ve seen with other trade deals, one way to get unpopular measures into US law is to impose them on other countries, then agree to “harmonize” at home.

True to form, Smith is trying to cram his law onto the books without any substantive debate or scrutiny, just as he tried with SOPA. When you’re serving corporate masters instead of the public interest, the less debate, the better.

The specifics of the bill appear to go further than the version in SOPA. It is clear that the bill itself is framed from the maximalist perspective. There is nothing about the rights of the public, or of other countries to design their own IP regimes. It notes that the role of the attaches is: to advance the intellectual property rights of United States persons and their licensees;

The bill also “elevates” the IP attaches out of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and sets them up as their own agency, including a new role: the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Yes, we’ll get another IP Czar, this time focused in the Commerce Department.

When even the USTR is recognizing the importance of limitations and exceptions to copyright, to have Congress push a bill that basically ignores limitations and exceptions and only looks to expand Hollywood’s special thugs within the diplomatic corp. seems like a huge problem.

Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood’s Global Police Force

source

HEADS UP PEOPLE!

This motherfucker REALLY needs to get voted out of office.

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

May232012
May72012
reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

youranonnews:

UNSEAT THE #1 PUBLIC ENEMY OF THE INTERNET: REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH
2012 ELECTIONS
Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX21) is bought and paid for in full by the entertainment industry and corporate interests. He no longer serves the constituency of voters who elected him to office 25 years ago. Instead, he has auctioned off his position as a representative of his community to the highest bidder. 
Lamar - senile, stubborn, negative Lamar. In short, Lamar is the king of not giving a flying fuck about the concerns of his constituency - the 99% who depend on him to bring them fair and strong representation in the US Congress. Lamar has not represented his constituency while in Congress — he has MISREPRESENTED them.
Recently, Lamar put his full ignorance and unwillingness to understand modern society on full display when he SPONSORED the now-infamous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Widely regarded as one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation that has been written and presented to Congress in recent history, SOPA touched on hot-button issues of censorship, scope of government power, and restricting the Internet. The bill, which would have severely threatened individual liberty and free enterprise both on and offline, was shelved after activists, non-profits, companies that saw its danger banded together in a now-famous Internet blackout.
SOPA, bought and paid for by corporate interests in the entertainment industry (much like Lamar himself), was an incredibly flawed piece of legislation that tried to curtail the Internet and citizens’ ability to enjoy an unrestricted, free Internet. Not only was SOPA poorly written and researched (which Lamar failed to realise or remedy before sponsoring the bill in Congress), but its authors also made no excuse about the fact that it infringed upon every citizen’s constitutional rights and curtailed the use and enjoyment of the Internet for all US citizens. All this in the name of saving the corporate entertainment industry a few dollars from the perceived, not-yet-proven, finical threat from piracy. 
In the 2012 election season, Lamar (a long-time incumbent in the Texas 21st congressional district) faces a direct threat to his seat from the innovative and passionate Richard Morgan, an energetic young software engineer and conservative activist who has stood up boldly to save the Texas 21st from additional misrepresentation by Lamar. Morgan seeks to restore voter faith in their local US Representative — he vows to stand on principle and demonstrate a full commitment to hearing and working for the concerns of his voters, not the corporate entertainment industry. You can donate to Morgan directly HERE and read a Q&A he did on Reddit HERE to get a better idea of his views.
The Internet has already joined together to erect an UNSEAT LAMAR billboard in Lamar’s Texas district. Monies have been raised, but more donations are needed to continue to fuel the opposition candidate, Mr. Morgan, as well as other efforts to show the voters in the Texas 21st just how much Lamar has sold them out to Hollywood. If you can donate your time, money or skills to helping unseat the Number 1 Threat to the Internet, Lamar Smith, please, see HERE for ideas on how you can help. This will take all of us to join together, but the Internet is nothing if not far-reaching and effective. We can do this. Let’s unseat Lamar in 2012. 
Elections NOT auctions,  Mr. Smith. You would do well to remember this.

Given the voting history/patterns of this district, I think the best we can hope for is to replace a really horrible Republican with a tolerable one.

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

youranonnews:

UNSEAT THE #1 PUBLIC ENEMY OF THE INTERNET: REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH

2012 ELECTIONS

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX21) is bought and paid for in full by the entertainment industry and corporate interests. He no longer serves the constituency of voters who elected him to office 25 years ago. Instead, he has auctioned off his position as a representative of his community to the highest bidder. 

Lamar - senile, stubborn, negative Lamar. In short, Lamar is the king of not giving a flying fuck about the concerns of his constituency - the 99% who depend on him to bring them fair and strong representation in the US Congress. Lamar has not represented his constituency while in Congress — he has MISREPRESENTED them.

Recently, Lamar put his full ignorance and unwillingness to understand modern society on full display when he SPONSORED the now-infamous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Widely regarded as one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation that has been written and presented to Congress in recent history, SOPA touched on hot-button issues of censorship, scope of government power, and restricting the Internet. The bill, which would have severely threatened individual liberty and free enterprise both on and offline, was shelved after activists, non-profits, companies that saw its danger banded together in a now-famous Internet blackout.

SOPA, bought and paid for by corporate interests in the entertainment industry (much like Lamar himself), was an incredibly flawed piece of legislation that tried to curtail the Internet and citizens’ ability to enjoy an unrestricted, free Internet. Not only was SOPA poorly written and researched (which Lamar failed to realise or remedy before sponsoring the bill in Congress), but its authors also made no excuse about the fact that it infringed upon every citizen’s constitutional rights and curtailed the use and enjoyment of the Internet for all US citizens. All this in the name of saving the corporate entertainment industry a few dollars from the perceived, not-yet-proven, finical threat from piracy. 

In the 2012 election season, Lamar (a long-time incumbent in the Texas 21st congressional district) faces a direct threat to his seat from the innovative and passionate Richard Morgan, an energetic young software engineer and conservative activist who has stood up boldly to save the Texas 21st from additional misrepresentation by Lamar. Morgan seeks to restore voter faith in their local US Representative — he vows to stand on principle and demonstrate a full commitment to hearing and working for the concerns of his voters, not the corporate entertainment industry. You can donate to Morgan directly HERE and read a Q&A he did on Reddit HERE to get a better idea of his views.

The Internet has already joined together to erect an UNSEAT LAMAR billboard in Lamar’s Texas district. Monies have been raised, but more donations are needed to continue to fuel the opposition candidate, Mr. Morgan, as well as other efforts to show the voters in the Texas 21st just how much Lamar has sold them out to Hollywood. If you can donate your time, money or skills to helping unseat the Number 1 Threat to the Internet, Lamar Smith, please, see HERE for ideas on how you can help. This will take all of us to join together, but the Internet is nothing if not far-reaching and effective. We can do this. Let’s unseat Lamar in 2012. 

Elections NOT auctions,  Mr. Smith. You would do well to remember this.

Given the voting history/patterns of this district, I think the best we can hope for is to replace a really horrible Republican with a tolerable one.

May22012
ARE THEY READING WHAT WE BLOG?
~~~
They are just relentless. Corporations and government agencies are trying to use their influence to get carte-blanche access to our private data. And if we let CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — become law, that’s exactly what they’ll get — nearly complete access to everything we do online. Urge your senators to vote NO on CISPA and any other legislation that would let the military collect our private internet records. CISPA already passed the House. But if we don’t take a stand in the Senate, companies could soon have access to share our sensitive and private information with military agencies, including the National Security Agency. CISPA effectively allows them to gain access to our personal information without a warrant, without oversight, and without limits, and the Senate may soon vote on proposals that go just as far.Those are rules we can’t live by. We deserve better privacy laws. And we demand a better bill than CISPA. We need to make our voices heard: Tell your senators that you oppose any legislation that would allow the military to use personal information to spy on Americans.
Thanks for taking action,
Laura W. MurphyDirector, ACLU Washington Office

ARE THEY READING WHAT WE BLOG?

~~~

They are just relentless.

Corporations and government agencies are trying to use their influence to get carte-blanche access to our private data.

And if we let CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — become law, that’s exactly what they’ll get — nearly complete access to everything we do online.

Urge your senators to vote NO on CISPA and any other legislation that would let the military collect our private internet records.

CISPA already passed the House. But if we don’t take a stand in the Senate, companies could soon have access to share our sensitive and private information with military agencies, including the National Security Agency.

CISPA effectively allows them to gain access to our personal information without a warrant, without oversight, and without limits, and the Senate may soon vote on proposals that go just as far.

Those are rules we can’t live by. We deserve better privacy laws. And we demand a better bill than CISPA.

We need to make our voices heard: Tell your senators that you oppose any legislation that would allow the military to use personal information to spy on Americans.

Thanks for taking action,

Laura W. Murphy
Director, ACLU Washington Office

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