Cyberculture roundup: CISPA is back, Vote for the Netizen of the Year, Effects of a Patent Troll….

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 at 14:30

CISPA is Back: FAQ on What it is and Why it’s Still Dangerous

from Updates by Mark M. Jaycox and Kurt Opsahl

The privacy-invasive bill known as CISPA—the so-called “cybersecurity” bill—was reintroduced in February 2013. Just like last year, the bill has stirred a tremendous amount of grassroots activism because it carves a loophole in all known privacy laws and grants legal immunity for companies to share your private information. EFF has compiled an FAQ detailing how the bill’s major provisions work and how they endanger all Internet users’ privacy. Please join us in speaking out against CISPA by contacting Congress now.

E-Verify: Bad for American Businesses and Worker Privacy

from Updates by Activism Intern
by Sophia Elson
Earlier today, there was a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on whether all employers nationwide should be required to use the employment verification system E-Verify to investigate the backgrounds of each new employee they hire.

ISPs Finally Explain How ‘Six Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Program Will Work

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

Is Twitter actually worth $10 billion? We have our doubts

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm

John Cusack’s Reddit AMA on Freedom of the Press Foundation

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

The Real and Dangerous Effects of a Patent Troll

from Updates by Julie Samuels

The patent system is broken. Software patents serve as little more than a tax on innovation. Patent trolls extort money from legitimate small businesses and innovators, hurting our economy and society-at-large.

Support free expression: Vote for the Netizen of the Year

from The Official Google Blog by Emily Wood

One in three Internet users suffers from restricted access to the web due to government censorship, filtering or online surveillance, according to the free expression advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. Around the world, bloggers and cyber-dissidents are jailed for expressing their views. Reporters Without Borders makes sure their struggles are not forgotten.

Army releases some documents on Bradley Manning case

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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