Hello everyone, this is an announcement regarding CISPA, the bill that would end privacy on the internet.
Most of you are probably confused about what really happened to it because it went trough a tricky legislative maze. So, currently it’s like this: CISPA is now in bill S.2105 of The Senate with bipartisan congressional support ( this means it’s actively supported by the Obama Admin ) and is scheduled for a vote in early June. As you can see, CISPA is on the path of becoming law.
What ca we do?
Sources say that The Senate will go on recess next week, so now it’s time to make the calls because we have exactly 3 days left before they leave for a week and come back for the vote !
What you can do now is try to get meetings scheduled with your senators while they are still available in their home states over the recess. This strategy was the key to killing SOPA. We can use this to beat CISPA too.
FightForTheFuture.org launched a site that you can use to call the senators and request a meeting:
Sen. Wyden stated yesterday that this bill would create a “cyber industrial complex, that profits from fear and whose currency is Americans’ private data.”
He is right and this is our only hope at stopping it from becoming a law. So use this strategy and spread it so others can know.
Here are some advices for when you make the call:
- Tell them who you are. (“Hi. My name is _. I’m a student/worker/employee/ect with ____, and I oppose the the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act [CISPA] which is being passed under Senate Bill S.2105, which would do to the internet what China and Vietnam have done to the internet, censor it and kill the business that goes on over it.”)
- Be very respectful
- Be passionate, tell them internet neutrality and freedom are important to you, the economy, and the future.
Calling is the best solution, writing emails does nothing, a respectful phone call about how a representative can gain or lose your vote is huge.
Also, use the resources available at Privacy is Awesome, they can help you get in touch with your representative by zip code.
Share this and if you could, please comment your experience on how the conversation went after calling your Congresspeople’s office. Let’s work to keep The Internet safe for another day!