Luckily, as of today, the CISPA bill will be shelved (for now, at least). But what exactly is the CISPA bill? CISPA stands for “Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act,” and if passed, would have meant the internet privacy and civil rights of internet users everywhere. The need for cyber security is very important, but restricting the rights of citizens would not have been a wise move by the Senate. Like the equally as controversial SOPA, CISPA was met with a lot of derision and backlash by the large majority of the internet community.
In this recent enough article, an up-and-coming documentary film by the name of “War for Web,” calls attention to the Internet, specifically, the conflict of the aforementioned CISPA and SOPA bills, amongst other similar proposals. The documentary film will also feature 17 comprehensive interviews, most notably, one by the late internet activist, Aaron Swartz (who was charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).
Other important figures that were interviewed include “Google’s Vint Cerf, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), former government cybersecurity aide Richard Clarke, and Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo School of Law who’s been talked about as a possible next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.” (McCullagh) “War for Web” writer Michael Woolridge additionally expressed his interests in interviewing “Google’s Vint Cerf, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), former government cybersecurity aide Richard Clarke, and Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo School of Law who’s been talked about as a possible next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” an adamant enemy of the past SOPA bill. (McCullaugh)
Yes, there is no doubt that cybersecurity is an important matter that should not be overlooked or ignored. However, there are other ways of protecting ourselves online besides intrusive bills like SOPA and CISPA, that stir up such rampant disapproval and paranoia by the general masses. The United States is a country that is built upon the principle-the right-of freedom. But the very freedom of the people is at stake, and that is a huge contradiction with out very beliefs.