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Internet censorship

The homepage overlay and badge is from the cartoonically named Internet Defence League.

As you may know, being an English speaker in Japan, my main and almost only tangible contact with the Anglophone world is via the internet. How else does one keep a healthy state of mind and remain up to date? So, personally and professionally speaking, freedom on the internet is vital for me and the millions of expats from all countries all around the world. Threats to internet freedom is sure to have a stifling affect. Worse still, any such legislation created in the US will affect

  1. Americans
  2. Everyone else
  3. People who do not live in America
  4. People who have never been to America
  5. People who cannot vote in American elections, and cannot (and shouldn’t) affect American policy.

So, the gist of CISPA is that your browsing and internet information (things you do, and info you leave on websites) can be shared with American government agencies. Who as access? It’s a long list, the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice Presidents Children, the Forest Service, J-2 Intelligence, West Point Military Academy, (ironically) Office for Civil Rights, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and lots more (EFF, Under CISPA). What can you do? Go to the http://internetdefenseleague.org/ website and show your opposition to the planned legislation, even if you’re not American.

Stop internet censorship

Stop internet censorship

Internet freedom threats again

Here we go again… According to the respected Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), CISPA is potentially back in the US (EFF). It is supposedly to allow private companies to eavesdrop on us, which the police would normally require a search warrant for. However, the private companies can gather any information they want, and then hand it over to the law enforcement. Effectively circumventing privacy laws, whilst deteriorating a fair justice system. Effectively, companies and law enforcement in the US can begin to collude, especially for the benefit of companies. Too bad if you support independent film makers, or are one yourself, and too bad if you support freedom of the press, an ethical media, and no media blackouts. Here’s EFF on Google+. In any case, I’m glad I’m not American, but hating the fact that this law will surely affect everyone else beyond America’s borders.