CISA — BAD NEWS…

“Bad news” – From Our Friends at Fight for The Future:

Despite the fact that nearly every major tech company and security expert has come out against it, Congress is still rushing toward a vote on CISA, and the numbers are not looking good. The House Intelligence chief is claiming that CISA will pass “overwhelmingly,” despite the massive public outcry.

It pains me to say this, but CISA is going to become law unless we go all out right now and every single person getting this does everything in their power to stop it and their phones ring off the hook.

There’s just hours left to have an impact: click here to tell your lawmakers to vote NO on CISA right now.

If you’re still catching up, CISA is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation in the Internet’s history. It sets the precedent for what the Internet is used for into the future. It would effectively give the government full access to all of our information to use as they wish, end privacy policies, and make all of us more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

CISA would allow spy agencies like the NSA to collect even more of your personal data and then share it with dozens of other government agencies, all the way down to local police, authorizing them to use it for an absurdly wide range of purposes that have nothing to do with “cybersecurity,” including investigating “fake” id’s.

Worse, it will literally do nothing to stop the types of high profile cyber attacks that Congress is using to justify it. So we get less privacy AND less security, while giant companies like Target, Experian, and Sony will get legal immunity that lets them on the hook when they fail to protect our data.

There’s still a chance. We’ve won against these types of odds before. But everyone getting this needs to take action TODAY. Click here to speak out, we’ve made it easy to email, tweet, and call to stop CISA.

No matter what happens, we’ve put up a hell of a fight. Together we put the fear of the Internet into the largest tech companies in the U.S. and got them to take a stand against this bill. Now we need to bring it home.

We at Fight for the Future are working around the clock on this right now. Several of us are en route to Washington, DC as I write this and we’ll be participating in an awesome protest outside Congress TONIGHT at 6:30pm EST with giant light up signs.

Beyond making calls, if you’re in the DC area or know someone who is, go here to get the details and RSVP or spread the word: https://www.decidethefuture.org/protest

Congress is hoping that they can sneak this bill through without a fight. We need to prove them wrong.

The final vote is days away. Click here to take action against CISA right now.

We can’t thank you enough for all you do. This is the free speech fight of our generation, and we’re proud to be with you on the frontlines.

For the Internet,
~ Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Charlie, Jeff, Aki, Jessica, Vasjen, and Sarah
Fight for the Future

 

URGENT UPDATE: CISA is on the Senate floor for the final vote, take action now…

From our Friends at Fight for the Future:

URGENT UPDATE: CISA is on the Senate floor for the final vote, take action now!

Dear FFTF member,

This is the week. Congress is about to create a seismic rupture in the Internet.

CISA is coming up for final vote sometime today or tomorrow. If it passes, we’ll be more vulnerable to hacks as companies shift responsibility for preventing them away to the government. Companies will continue to leave the door open for thieves to get your information, including your bank information and Social Security number. On top of that, all your data will be automatically shared with 7 government agencies, including the NSA and local police.

They’re trying to ignore that millions of people have already called on Congress to stop CISA. And, that they have no business passing it.

This week, we have to show them again: Click here to tell Congress to vote NO on CISA now.

The other side wants us to get sick of taking action. They want to wear us down until we give up. We can’t give up at this final juncture. The Intelligence Committee, full of the Congresspeople who take the most money from the Defense Industry, is hell bent on passing a “cybersecurity” bill in some form. They don’t care what it does or says, even if it means creating more vulnerabilities across the Internet and breaking it.

This is corruption. The Defense industry cares about profit as much as the next industry. But, their pockets are very, very deep. They’ve bought out politicians to do their bidding. That’s why it’s convenient that Congress doesn’t understand the Internet and doesn’t know how to address cyber hacks.

Instead of making sure companies use good security, Congress is convinced they should install a massive surveillance law to watch for hacks. Even security experts have roundly condemned the bill for its ineffectiveness, but Congress is so corrupted they don’t care or don’t understand that it won’t work.

That’s why they need to hear how inept they are, or they’ll never stop. If thousands of you rally and tell them to stop their corrupt bill CISA now, we can stop it and set a precedent for the future. Take action now.

Just a few month ago, things were looking really grim. It seemed almost certain that CISA would pass, but since then we’ve unleashed a huge can of whoopass and our campaigns have led to nearly every major tech company in the U.S. speaking out to oppose this bill. Trade groups that represent Google, Facebook, Amazon, Sprint have come out against CISA. Twitter, Yelp, Wikipedia came out opposed too, thanks to you and all the grassroots pressure.

And, we’re organizing the Internet Defense League and thousands of sites to take action this week to stop the bill. If you have a website, click here to join in! (Or join with your twitter here.)

We’ve done all this work because surveillance is the defining issue in our digital age.

We’re in a moment when our data and privacy have become currency. Governments and corporations are fighting over what to do with it, how to pass laws that let them reap profit and power off of it, even when it’s abusive, criminal, or unconstitutional.

We have to make the line in the sand clear. Our data must be protected and can’t be used against us.

That’s what we’re demanding by stopping CISA, and that’s what we have to keep fighting for.

Thanks for all you do,

Tiff, Jeff, Evan, Donny, Charlie, and the rest of the team at Fight for the Future

Fight for Our Future: Petition demanding the White House not ban encryption, or harass the services that use it.

From Our Friends at Fight For The Future:

This one issue could define the world’s future. For now, there’s only one thing we need you to do — and it takes all of 15 seconds. Can you do it?

Click here to sign our petition demanding the White House not ban encryption, or harass the services that use it.

Thanks. If you want more info, keep reading — this is a really big one.

– Holmes Wilson, Co-director, Fight for the Future.


Encryption is the basis for all privacy and security online. If your phone or laptop gets stolen, encryption is the only thing protecting your photos and personal information.

Without encryption, your credit card numbers, passwords and online accounts would be accessible to anyone.Encryption is also the only hope that leaders, activists, and journalists have for protection from government spies. It’s that big a deal.

But now, governments are threatening to ban it. Why? Because encryption makes some locks so strong, even governmentscan’t open them – and that lack of control freaks governments out.

Even if we wanted the FBI or local police to be able to access any seized iPhone or encrypted message in an emergency, there’s another problem: you can’t have it both ways. If the government gets a special backdoor, it’s only a matter of time before criminals figure it out, and then we’re all vulnerable. Even worse, just the process of adding the backdoor brings huge new complexities and more opportunities for mistakes – mistakes that attackers can exploit.

The worst part is, most people in government either don’t understand this or they pretend not to. They want the instant backdoor access AND the security encryption provides.

This is why we’re so worried about this. Even well-meaning politicians could make a disastrous mistake here, out of simple ignorance.

Countries around the world are watching to see what the US does. We *need* to demand a response from the White House. Can you sign the petition right now?

This is about the basic integrity of our bank accounts. It’s about protecting people from the pain of having their private photos spilled onto the Internet. But it goes even farther than that…

This past summer, my stomach turned as I read1 about vulnerabilities in over 500,000 cars (!)that let hackers disable engines and brakes, remotely, anonymously, over the cellphone network. Security researchers are barely able to keep us safe as it is; a ban on strong encryption all but guarantees catastrophic attacks.

Defending encryption has become a matter of life and death. Can you sign this petition now, to defend our basic safety in the digital age?

And there’s one more thing. This may not be important to all of you, but it’s pretty important to us. A few years back, a pretty incredible new innovation came along. It’s called “the blockchain” and it lets engineers build decentralized, free-and-open-source alternatives to centralized corporate monoliths like Paypal, Facebook, Google, Uber, or eBay. That really matters.2

But if governments ban encryption, blockchain technology (which depends on cryptography) would become impossible or illegal. The brilliant young people working on replacing Google or Facebook with something we all control could be thrown in jail, just for building a better Internet.

That’s the dark future that scares me most of all. And I want to do everything I can to prevent it from happening. But we need your help. Can you sign?

Thank you for everything you do,
– Holmes Wilson and the whole Fight for the Future team.

P.S. If this issue is important for you as it is for us, please chip in $5 right now. Not many funders get how big a deal defending crypto is, so Fight for the Future’s ability to do its best work on this issue is in your hands. That said, if you’d like to be involved in funding a larger project, or know someone who might be, be in touch.

  1. http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-remotely-kill-jeep-highway/

  2. http://www.fastcompany.com/3047462/the-humans-who-dream-of-companies-that-wont-need-them

 

Help Make the child in your life safer this Halloween…

From Our Friends At Missing and Exploited Children:

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Make the child in your life safer this Halloween

Dear Friend,

Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for children.

But parents and guardians know it also brings with it some potential dangers. Because of that, it is very important for parents to talk to their children about safety before they head out for a night of trick-or-treating.

That’s why we’re sending you these Halloween Safety Tips.

From making sure children stay together while trick-or-treating to planning trick-or-treating routes in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets, these easy and effective tips will help ensure a safer night of fun.

So this Halloween, please take a moment to review these basic safety precautions with the children in your life and help make this a Halloween filled with tricks, treats, and safety.

 

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BREAKING: TPP text leaked: … it is absolutely terrifying…

Just In From Our Friends At Fight For The Future:

Last week, WikiLeaks released the final text of the TPP’s intellectual property rights chapter and it is absolutely terrifying.

These are just a few of its most dangerous pieces:

  • Compel ISPs to take down websites without any sort of court order, just like SOPA. (Appendix Section I)

  • Extend the US’s copyright regime to require copyrights stand for life plus 70 years, preventing anyone from using works that belong in the public domain. (Article QQ.G.6)

  • Criminalize whistleblowing by extending trade secrets laws without any mandatory exemptions for whistleblowers or investigative journalists. (QQ.H.8)

  • End anonymity online by forcing every domain name to be associated with a real name and address. (Article QQ.C.12)

  • Make it illegal to unlock, modify, or generally tinker with a device you own. (Article QQ.G.10)

  • Export the US’s broken copyright policies to the rest of the world without expanding any of the free speech protections, like fair use. (Article QQ.G.17)

The worst part is that this is just one of the TPP’s 30 chapters.

The final text confirms our worst fears — click here to take action demanding Congress vote NO on the TPP.

For years, governments have held critics of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in a perfect catch 22. Officials brushed off public outcry and concern by claiming that the dissenters didn’t have all the facts.

This was by design—the 12 country trade deal was negotiated entirely behind closed doors by industry lobbyists and government appointees, and even now the text of the agreement is still classified.

But late last week, WikiLeaks released the final text of the Intellectual Property chapter, meaning those excuses won’t work anymore.

We’re planning to go all out against the TPP, but the first step is to make sure Congress knows just how many people oppose the TPP.

Click here to take action demanding Congress vote NO on the TPP.

Taking action today is just the beginning, because if all we do is send emails and make phone calls, Congress is not going to reject the TPP. Too many giant industries are seriously invested in making sure Congress ratifies the TPP.

If we’re going to win, we need to go big. Which is exactly what we’re going to do.

So take action right now. Contact your Congresspeople now and tell them to vote against the TPP. Then get ready to do more because we’re going to unleash some of our strongest campaigns ever.

Already we have plans to work with hundreds of different groups as a massive coalition to fight the TPP, coordinate gigantic on-the-ground protests in key cities across the country, and produce compelling content to spread the word to as many different audiences as possible just what is at stake in the TPP.

To do all that, we need your help — if you can, pledge to chip in $5 every month between now and when the TPP fight ends so that we can run our biggest, boldest, and best campaign yet.

Thanks for all you do,
Charlie

P.S. Want to read the text of the chapter for yourself? Check it out on WikiLeaks here, or read their overview of it here. It’s long and complicated, so maybe you’ll see something that we didn’t. If you do, send us an email.

 

 

Join the NOISY Majority, Get Involved B4HEART.com…

This is a grass-roots, Non-Partisan Progressive Rally CALL To Action — To Re-Unite a Sense of Urgency and Address the Despicable Problems that are Plaguing America Today! This site is loaded with Insight; Information and Links that Should Make You — Stop and Think and Ask — WHY or Why Not?— It is our Duty to Provoke Thought, Raise Questions and Spread Conscious Awareness in the Name of Truth, Justice & Peace…

Wake UP! America is becoming a POLICE-State as the Powers that Be are Taking Away All of our Civil Rights as well as our God Given Rights as Human Beings. They are using fear and intimidation to keep us afraid in the Name of Terrorism and they are making a fortune in the process. The thing we should fear most is our U.S. Government falling from within as our corrupt politicians and their corporate cronies continue to rob America blind?

We Should Not Fear Our government; they should Fear Us — We the People! It is our Duty to Question Authority and Demand Answers. Demand Accountability. We must be the Watch Dogs over our dishonest elected officials and make sure that they maintain the ‘System of Checks and Balances’, which is a safe guard to prevent excessive power grabs by either the judicial, legislative or executive branch of our government; which were  designed by our Founding Fathers as they established a ‘Separation of Powers’, on purpose — to prevent both moral national economic bankruptcy.  Our Government Should Be Responsible and Responsive, But it is Not? Constitutional Law. Check out the U.S. Constitution for Kids.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the timebut you can’t fool ALL of the people ALL of the time.” —-Abe Lincoln 

We the Little People Must Unite Together!

WAKE UP. Here’s some food for thought: ‘John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, was one of New York’s best loved newspapermen. In fact, his peers called him: “The Dean of his Profession”. John was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the New York Press Club, and in so doing, made a monumentally important and revealing statement. He is quoted as follows:’

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.”

“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” 

Unfortunately, it is now 60 years later and the situation is even worse, as most of the main stream media is owned and controlled by a handful of corporate conglomerates. Ironically, The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the U. S. Constitution was supposed to protect infringement on Freedom of the Press but; it is abused now because of censorship by ownership.

Thank God for the internet and the underground alternative media— where We, the little people can speak our peace! But, for how long? How long will it be before they are controlled, censored or infringed upon?

We must never forget that it is our obligation to protect our rights. We must protect the internet and support our alternative presses so that we can get the Word / Truth out! Sometimes, the Truth hurts. However, We the little people have a right to know the Truth!

Truth is akin to Cool as both are Repulsive to the Un. But, when Ignorance is—Ignored; Stupidity is— Justified!

It is Time To Change The Dirty Diaper…

It is Time for the ‘Silent Majority’ to Evolve, Into the Noisy Majority. Many Issues Have To Be Addressed in this Up and Coming 2016 Presidential Election. Speak Out! Silence is Denial.

Wake Up! Majority Rules. Donald Trump is Willing to Talk about Our Phony Political System. He Proclaimed that It’s Time to: “Make America Great Again!”

Lets Do It. It is Time for All American Journalists to be Honest and Voice their Opinions. It is Time for Morals and Ethics. It is Time for All Americans to Unite and Ask— Why and Why Not? Think Purple!  It is Time to B4HEART…