the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and
supporters in the House were so rattled by mounting opposition to their creepy
bill — more than 1 million people told them to ditch it — that they passed the
legislation before our outcry could spread.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.
The U.S. government has increasingly shown an intense desire to “friend” you, to “follow” you, to get to know your every online move.
Now members of the House of Representatives are channeling that desire into legislation that clears a path for authorities to work with companies like AT&T, Facebook and Google to snoop on Internet-using Americans.
There was huge turnout at today's public hearing in Boston on the future of the Internet. Hundreds of concerned citizens arrived to speak out on the importance of an open Internet. Many took the day off from work standing outside in the Boston cold to see the FCC Commissioners. But when they reach the door, they're told they couldn't come in.
The size of the crowd is evidence that many Americans don't want giant corporations like Comcast and Verzion to decide what we can do and where we can go on the Internet.