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Anti-Cispa blackout, 373 websites joined the protest

At least 373 websites joined the latest protest “anti-CISPA” conducted by anonymous. Those websites stops its regular activities and posting “anti-CISPA” banners.

When visiting one of the websites listed by anonyops.com, this message is echoed in the screen.

This website has been blacked out by its owner. I support the anti-CISPA Internet Blackout scheduled for Monday 22 April 2013.

The action by the activist is a response to Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) being passed to the US House of Representatives.

Another reason that caused the action is the statement of US representative for Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, that CISPA is only opposed by 14 year-old kids.

Full message of anti-CISPA campaign:

This website has been blacked out by its owner.

I support the anti-CISPA Internet Blackout scheduled for Monday 22 April 2013.

What is CISPA, you may ask...

CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is a law that would allow the US government to extract your private information from the internet without a warrant, and regardless of where in the world you live. It's the online equivalent of allowing a police officer to enter your home and start rummaging through your personal files without the permission of a court. The politicians who introduced this law pretend it will protect you but what it really does is circumvent your rights. CISPA also prevents you from suing companies when they illegally use your information.

Luckily there are numerous privacy advocates out there already fighting against CISPA such as the Internet Defense League, Fight for the Future, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Now it's time for us to do our part.

Anonymous has asked numerous companies to participate in an internet blackout on Monday, April 22. But, regardless of what these companies choose to do, individuals like ourselves can still help spread awareness of this threat. Below is a link to an image that promotes the hashtag #StopCISPA on Twitter. Make it your profile image all day Monday. Leave it up as long as you want.

#StopCISPA Profile Picture: http://i.imgur.com/Vr8XQQp.png
It may not be as effective or possible for you to stop talking all day, so we've provided some information below so that you can help get the word out instead:

If CISPA becomes law, the government can spy on you without a warrant: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/02/cispa-government-access-loophole #StopCISPA

If CISPA becomes law, when the gov't downloads your private information, you'll never even know: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2012/04/13/cispa-is-terrible-for-transparency/ #StopCISPA

If CISPA becomes law, it makes it so companies can’t be sued when they do illegal things with your data: https://www.eff.org/cybersecurity-bill-faq#company #StopCISPA

If CISPA becomes law, it makes every privacy policy on the web useless and violates the 4th amendment. http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/government-doesnt-need-your-private-info-cybersecurity-members-congress-still #StopCISPA
Remember, there are more of us than there are of them. If we stick together we can stop CISPA once and for all.

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