Internet Freedom

Even though it seemed to be failed once, along with its buddy SOPA, before the election in 2012, CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is brought back to the House again. As we all know that this bill is really the threat for freedom and liberty on the internet, however, the U.S. government, instead of paying more attention to other current problems, is likely to be focus on this matter. Just a few days ago CISPA has passed the house, again, and will be bringing up for voting in this coming Senate. Nevertheless, the internet users and companies they are absolutely do not want to accept this bill. It’s true that their efforts in protesting in last year had kept the bill down, but result in many sites, around 400 sites, have gone blank.

In the press release by EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Rainey Reitman, who is the activism director for this organization had said that “This bill undermines the privacy of millions of internet users,”

Besides interfering with your privacy, the White House and many governors seem likely to be interested in collecting tax from the internet. They even already come up with the bill’s name which is “The Marketplace Fairness Act,”. However, for many people, it does not fair as it sounds as was said by Reitman that “Mr. Enzi’s Marketplace Fairness Act discriminates against internet-based businesses by imposing burdens that it does not apply to brick-and-mortar companies. For the first time, online merchants would be forced to collect sales taxes for all of America’s estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities”.

Not just the two issues above but the DC, regardless of just few evidence about the weapon being used in crimes, also think that they should take some actions against the internet gun sales. This idea, somehow, is ironic. Since their problem seems to be dealing with anonymity of the people lists, but they have never failed to find the person they look for. Perhaps, this anxiety appearing over the sites is because of the gun control which is supported by people such Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.).

We are told and convinced to believe that the bill of CISPA and the limiting site like Armlist are for securing and protecting our security from local and international threats. Though saying that, it is still unknown how we are going to be protected by the likes of these two. To briefly conclude all of those issues, it is clear that some people out there have hatred for the internet’s characteristic such as its anonymity and freedom, so they are trying to get control over it by trying to interfere the users’ freedom, putting a taxation, or going and sneaking around. Because of all these ideas and actions provided by the politicians, it makes it impossible for us to rely on these kinds of people to stand up for us asking for our rights of law-abide American citizens on the internet.

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