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Open Internet Red Alert: Egypt Bans YouTube for One Month
Egypt has joined a string of other Muslim countries in blocking public access to YouTube for its unwillingness to remove the controversial film “The Innocence of Muslims” from the site. Brought before an administrative court as a matter of “national security” by attorney Mohammed Hamid Salim, Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ruled YouTube to be banned for a period of one month, as well as any other online property that hosted or communicated the film. Back in November 2012, Egyptian court sentenced the filmmaker and six others involved in the production to death in absentia. Hat tip goes toThe Daily Dot.
You (Kinda) Saw This Coming of the Day: CISPA Returns
Yesterday, U.S. congressmen Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced before the House that they are planning to revive the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA) and work closely with the White House to ensure its passage sometime later this year. The unpopular legislative attempt at ramping up cybersecurity regulations was tabled indefinitely last year in August after it was shot down in a Senate vote, but some had raised the possibility that it could’ve been delayed by the lawmakers to avoid having to make a decision right before the elections.
About as much effort as I care to put in an e-mail to my senators. $10 says they’ll feed me some canned bullshit about the history of each bill and what it supposedly does.
I am [Patchwork], one of your constituents in North Carolina, and I am writing to voice my opposition to two bills that have recently passed in the House and are due for a vote in the Senate: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Lieberman-Collins Cyber Security Bill.
I have been incredibly distressed about the fact that the NDAA already permits the government to detain American citizens indefinitely and without the fair charge or trial guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights. Even more distressing, however, is the recently added provision to the NDAA which legalizes the use of mass propaganda on this nation’s citizenry and lifts a long-standing ban against such practices; no distinction will be made between a hostile foreign audience and an American one, breeding a nation which displays open contempt for its very citizenry. As a Pentagon official puts it, “It removes the protection for Americans […] There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
The Lieberman-Collins Cyber Security Bill is equally antagonistic, being hardly any different in its foundations than CISPA, which I have voiced my opposition to in the past; it authorizes spy agencies to collect civilian data and permits corporations to hand personal information directly to such agencies. This bill would also permit these companies and agencies to respond to a dangerously broad gamut of “cyber security threats” with reckless abandon and with little restriction or regulation. Much like CISPA, citizens have little (if any) recourse against companies which employ the provisions in this bill to abusive ends.
Together, these two bills foster the growth of a nation which wholly disregards the principles on which it was founded and is antagonistic to the very people who live in it. Supporting either of these two bills means I will be incredibly disinclined to support you in [2016/2014].
I really hate my country sometimes. How does shit like this even come up?