Internet giants (Facebook, Twitter, Google) track your every click to maximize their profit. Are you going to let them share this information with the Government? How many websites do you visit while still logged into Facebook? Who do you tweet with? Possibly every website has Google Analytics or Google tools, how much do you think Google knows about you?
CISPA, the bill in Congress that would end privacy on the internet, has gone through a tricky legislative maze that has a lot of people confused. Here's the deal: CISPA is now tucked inside of Senate bill S.2105, which has bipartisan congressional support, is being actively supported by the Obama Admin., and is scheduled for a vote in early June. It's alive and well, and on a clear path to becoming law.
Privacy is Awesome
How is privacy awesome? Well, I'm probably the most "liberal private" person I know and I make too much of an effort to carefully manage the data I release online. For example, if I had stalkers (not too sure how one finds if people have stalkers), I would refrain from using foursquare. Really, why would you let the Internet know where you're going? Why would you want the Government to know where you're going? What is this wire-tap era... next thing you know the Government will want you to wear an Digital ID tied to your State ID.
The End of Anonymous
The Government wants you to wear a Digital ID to match your State ID. Starting with the State of New York (Hey don't they have the Statue of Liberty there...). New York's Bill S06779 is adding some interesting mandates such as:
A website administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP Adress, Legal Name, and Home Address are accurate. All website administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted.How would the end of anonymous posting discredit writers with pen names? Isn't the point of a pen name to keep your personal life apart from your writer's life? Why would the Government care what "anonymous posters" say or do not say about the Government.
The Internet is Scary Place
Maybe the Government is afraid of its people. You know, not everyone is a Saint or heavenly and the Internet reflects that with the slew of Trolls, Scammers, Liars, Scholars, Commerce, Gurus and all sorts of people who populate the daily bytes. Intruding on everybody's Internet privacy is not going to make the Internet a better place. You can see that In Real Life (IRL) where governing bodies regulate everything. We, the Internet, don't need global governing bodies dictating our servers. We need to rise up and secure our freedoms. Freedoms that don't obey a particular jurisdiction.
Let's use our IRL powers to keep the Government off our Digital backs.