Well, once again congress is attempting an attack on internet freedoms, this time not even bothering to come up with a new name for their bill.
The original CISPA, written by Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, together with ranking member C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), and introduced in November 2011, was designed to facilitate two-way information sharing between intelligence agencies and private businesses. Notably, the bill would have legally protected from prosecution any business that shared information about its customers or employees -- including activity on Facebook and email -- with intelligence agencies. Likewise, intelligence agencies were allowed to collect data from businesses as needed "to protect the national security of the United States."http://www.informationweek.com/security ... 600?pgno=1
Aaron Shwartz put everything he had into stopping the other bills and informing people of what could actually be done with them. He was prosecuted later for downloading scholarly and academic papers from a database in MIT and was being prosecuted with everything the government had. They were attempting to put him away for 35 years, despite the fact that he never even posted these articles online, and even if he had the majority of them were published online elsewhere. He killed himself during the long court battle.
Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal hacking charges. In July 2011, prosecutor Scott Garland working under U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, a politician with her eye on the governor's mansion, charged Swartz with four counts of felony misconduct -- charges that were deemed outrageous by internet experts who understood the case, and wholly unnecessary by the parties Swartz was accused of wronging.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/1 ... 63726.html
Aaron won't be here to help us stop these attacks anymore, so please get informed and call your congressman to let them know how you feel about internet freedoms.