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By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

CISPA passed in House

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Does anyone even remember CISPA? I first saw that on my News Feed the other day and had no idea what that one random guy who I’m not even sure why I accepted his friend request was talking about. What about the Boston Marathon bomber? What about that explosion in Texas? Why are you talking about this CISPA thing that no one cares about? And then I remembered.

Ok, how many people remember SOPA? It was closely associated with PIPA. I think those got a bit more media buzz than CISPA. SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, is a proposed law that was first proposed to the House of Representatives in October of 2011. At first glance, it sounds like the bill just wants to help put an end to illegal activity occurring online. PIPA, or PROTECT IP Act, has pretty much the same story. Seems simple and innocent enough, right? Well, everyone I knew hated SOPA as well as PIPA and couldn’t believe the United States government was actually trying to control our privacy online. It was a violation of the First Amendment and everyone has a right to privacy and all this other stuff that feels like so long ago now. Everyone was happy to know that in January 2012 plans were postponed to draft the bill for SOPA and a vote on the PIPA bill would also be postponed. Yay, in Internet is safe once again.

Then CISPA came alone. If people thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, then they would have lost their minds with CISPA. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act allows private businesses to share their customers’ personal information with any government entity. What? How was there not more press about this? Well if the American people didn’t let SOPA and PIPA pass, there is no way CISPA would get through.

As of Thursday, April 18, 2013, CISPA was officially passed in the House of Representatives. Shocker, I know. The biggest wonder is how almost no one heard about it. This is making news in the United Kingdom, but no one in America seems to know a thing about it. All day today I have been asking my friends what they thing about CISPA passing, and I always had to give them the same history lesson that I just typed out so they could remember and realize what CISPA was. This is big news people! If CISPA does pass and become a law, there is no more “right to privacy.” As if the government doesn’t keep a close enough eye on people already. The Interent, the largest center for information, multimedia, the biggest database in the entire world is slowly on its way to being monitored by the United States government. One thing that so many people love about the Internet is that it is not censored, it is not regulated, and the government does not have its hand shoved right in it. If CISPA is allowed to pass, will that still be the case? Please get educated about CISPA and tell your Congressman how you really feel. We can’t let this pass.


Written by yolandacruz93

April 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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