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First POST: Clues

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 9 2015

Updating the Cluetrain Manifesto fifteen years later; how to battle online harassment; CityCamps this weekend; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Seers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 8 2014

Obama campaign guru predicts campaigns by hologram; the Senate intelligence committee takes up cybersecurity; a report card on Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us; and much, much more. Read More

The Top Tech-Politics Developments of 2013, So Far

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 1 2013

Every six months or so, we add more items to our "Politics and the Internet" Timeline, a living document that now includes more than 160 items stretching back to 1968 and covering a range of domestic, international and online events. Keep in mind, this isn't an official list but just our best subjective judgment on the most important developments at the intersection of technology and politics. If you would like to suggest something that we've left out, or make a correction to the record, please use this form. After the jump--Here's what we've added for the period from January 2013 to the end of July: Read More

Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation CISPA Sails Through The House

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 18 2013

A controversial bill aimed at encouraging the private sector to be more forthcoming with the sharing of potential threat information with U.S. military entities sailed through the House Thursday by a vote of 288 to 127, ... Read More

White House Threatens To Veto House Version of CISPA

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 16 2013

The White House on Tuesday threatened to block the passage of a landmark cybersecurity bill in its current form, saying that it doesn't do enough to protect citizens' privacy when corporations share potential threat ... Read More

New Microsite from Fight for the Future Raises Alarm Over Cybersecurity Legislation

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, August 1 2012

Fight for the Future has launched a new campaign related to the Senate's Cybersecurity Act of 2012, suggesting that passage of the bill could end up allowing online services to hand over user data to the government, let the government spy on searches, e-mails, chats, photos, social behavior and real-time location and use it as evidence against users. For Fight For the Future, this campaign grows to a large degree out of concern over measures in the House bill, CISPA, which was passed in April and strongly criticized by privacy advocates. Read More

Fight Over Privacy Online Set To Continue In Wake Of CISPA Passing the House

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 27 2012

The debate over how much information the private sector should hand over to the federal government in order to more effectively protect U.S. networks from cyberattack is set to carry on unabated after the House passed a bill Thursday evening without the key privacy amendments that were supported by the Obama administration and a prominent civil liberties group. The House late Thursday passed H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, by a 248-168 bipartisan vote. The legislation passed with 11 amendments that addressed private sector legal liability issues, freedom of information act issues, and some privacy issues. But both the administration and civil liberties advocates say that it still lacks the language that would protect the privacy of individuals. Read More

White House Threatens to Veto CISPA

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 25 2012

The White House has released a statement suggesting that President Obama would veto the H.R. 3523 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its current form because it "fails to provide authorities to ensure that the Nation's core critical infrastructure is protected while repealing important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards."

The White House says that the bill would "would allow broad sharing of information with governmental entities without establishing requirements for both industry and the Government to minimize and protect personally identifiable information."

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House Intelligence Committee Aide Blasts Electronic Frontier Foundation For a Campaign of "False" Information

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 20 2012

A top House Intelligence Committee aide working on cybersecurity legislation headed toward the House floor blasted the Electronic Frontier Foundation as "irresponsible" for comparing the legislation at hand to the ... Read More

As Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation Moves Through House, Activists Make a Quiet Start

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 18 2012

Image: The growing Internet citizenry is using sarcasm, wit and Twitter to draw attention to a controversial cybersecurity bill

After Internet businesses and activists forced the halt of the Stop Online Piracy Act, it seemed as if a new political force had come alive to advocate on Capitol Hill for an Internet with hard limits on government surveillance and a structure that favored free access to information over centralized control. But faced with new cybersecurity legislation that civil liberties groups say would contribute to exactly the opposite, the headline-grabbing protests that defeated SOPA are nowhere to be seen. So what's happening? Read More