Today President Obama will receive a letter by certified mail from 30 “civil society organizations, companies and security experts” asking him to promise to veto CISA (S. 2588) – the newest incarnation of legislation that pretends to combat cyber threats, but instead creates a regime of information sharing between government and the private sector that threatens everyone who uses the internet, but especially whistleblowers and internet activists. Read more about our concerns with the bill here. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a secret hearing on the bill last week and voted to send it to the Senate floor. It could be considered before the August recess.
DDF is signatory to the letter, and we do hope President Obama will do the right thing. But just in case, we ask you to raise your voice against the bill and urge your Senators and Representative to oppose the bill by taking action here. Since elections are just around the corner, if we can make Congress understand how controversial this bill is, they will run away from it. This is the THIRD letter that scores of civil liberties and internet freedom entities have joined together to write. That doesn’t happen often, and that signals just how bad this bill is. Additional reading: Sandra Fulton, ACLU; Robyn Greeene, New America Foundation; Brandon Moss, Access; Trevor Timm in the Guardian.