Sneakily… the Congress passes CISPA… Cyberculture roundup…

Sneak attack: surprise amendment makes CISPA worse, then it is voted and passed a day ahead of schedule. Congress just deleted the Fourth Amendment

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Even with Rogers? Amendments, CISPA is Still a Surveillance Bill

from Updates by rainey
This week, a flurry of amendments were introduced to try to salvage the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a ?cybersecurity? bill moving through the house that?s been criticized as giving companies free rein to spy on personal communications and pass unredacted content (like emails) to the government. Though numerous amendments were suggested, a package of five amendments were put together by the bill?s primary author Mike Rogers (R-MI) and are likely to get accepted without much debate. Below is an overview of what?s in the Rogers package and how it fails to address the grave civil liberties concerns inherent in CISPA.

The House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm

CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Passes House, With Some Amendments

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Measure CISPA

from Wired Top Stories by David Kravets

The House on Thursday approved cybersecurity legislation that privacy groups cautioned is a threat to civil liberties.


CISPA Won?t Die ? It?s More Like the PATRIOT Act than SOPA

by Alex Fitzpatrick

The Cyber Intelligence Security and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, is headed to the House floor this week amid a flurry of amendments and controversy.

EFF Condemns CISPA, Vows to Take Fight to the Senate

from Updates by rainey

Hours ago, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government.  EFF condemns the vote in the House and vows to continue the fight in the Senate.


Google Drive Arrives, Dressed in Smart Casual

from Wired Top Stories by Mike Barton
With all eyes on Dropbox as it got real with rivals positioning ahead of the news, Google Drive was finally introduced today. But the most curious thing about the long-awaited launch is that it was announced on Google’s Official Enterprise Blog.

No, Google does not own everything that you upload to Drive

from The Next Web by Brad McCarty
There?s a bit of a hubbub going on right now across the social sphere when it comes to the terms of service for Google?s recently-released file locker called Google Drive. It all seems to surround this one section of text, where Google says that it has ?a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works? and much more:

9 Things Businesses Need to Know About Web Security

by Gur Shatz

President Obama Threatens to Veto CISPA Cybersecurity Bill

by Alex Fitzpatrick

Security for the 99%

from Updates by dan
The House of Representatives kicked off their ?cybersecurity week? yesterday with a hearing titled “America Is Under Cyber Attack: Why Urgent Action is Needed.” Needless to say, the rhetoric of fear was in full force. A lot of topics were raised by members of Congress and panelists, but perhaps the most troublesome theme came from panelist and Former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI Shawn Henry, who repeatedly urged that good cybersecurity means going on the offensive:

The Public Sphere and the New Media

from social media vb by Christopher Tillman Neal
Although the personal advantages [of the Internet] are clear, the consequences over the public sphere might not be so positive due to the possible creation of compartments in society. If you only get the information you want, from the people you chose, the exposition to other mentalities and new ideas might be greatly reduced.


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