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"CISPA has passed again! Another blackout is in order ", 20th Apr 2013, 7:32 AM #1
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On the 18th of April, two days ago as of writing this post, the House of Representatives have once again passed the dreadful 'cyber-security' bill, CISPA, which many of you will know will force sites like Google, Facebook and Twitter to co-operate with the US government and spy on everyones actions online and invade our very privacy, just in case any one of us plans something the slightest bit suspicious. The majority of the house had voted in favor of the bill, 288 against 127. 92 of the 288 ironically being democrats!...

We must not allow CISPA to pass the senate despite Obama's apparant promise to veto it, especially after one one of the co-writers of the bill, Mike Rogers, claimed that all those against the bill were 14-year old tweeters living in their basements, and recently claiming that no U.S based company opposed CISPA, conveniently leaving out such companies as Reddit. On the 22nd of April, two days from now, the awesome people of Anonymous encourage every website to go dark for 24 hours in protest against CISPA. It worked once before against SOPA and PIPA last year, it should work again. I also encourage all Comic-Furians reading this to also blackout their webcomic(s) in protest also.

Our very privacy is at stake. We mustn't turn a blind eye.

For more details about how bad CISPA could be The Electric Frontier Foundation has the full story.

For more information regarding the blackout and what you can do to contribute, read this article by the Huffington post
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20th Apr 2013, 7:35 AM #2
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i heard they passed it while the country was distracted by tragedy.


that worked. and also, what a cheap trick.
20th Apr 2013, 10:26 PM #3
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Ugh.. unlike SOPA, CISPA does not hurt tech corporations, so there's no money from companies like Google in support of our side this time. This has a very high chance of passing the Senate. Call your senators.
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21st Apr 2013, 3:48 AM #5
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Oh god, my privacy is so screwed...
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21st Apr 2013, 4:49 AM #6
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Through various interactions with prople, I know that I'm in the EXTREME minority on this, but I've never really CARED about any of this. So what if they look at your stuff? Does it really matter? What do you have to hide?

Then again, I'm in the somewhat unique situation of having no right to free speech (or privacy) to START with, so that's probably why I fail to see the big deal.
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21st Apr 2013, 5:33 AM #7
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I was not able to find a pre-made Javascript page blocker for CISPA anywhere, so I decided to create it using this guy's code, which he used for the SOPA blackout.

If anyone wants, here's an easy way to blackout your CF site. It uses Javascript, so the viewer can actually still access your site if they turn off Javascript for their browser.

Method 1:

Download the files: ZIP

The two important files are censored.js and censored.css. You can open censored.js with a text editor to change the text that the viewer sees.

1. In your webcomic management, go to Webcomic Site/Layout -> Manage extra-images & files
2. Upload censored.js and censored.css
3. Now go to Edit layout HTML.
4. Add these lines inside your <meta> tags:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="files/censored.css" />
<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.0/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="files/censored.js"></script>

5. Now add this right below your <body> tag
<script type="text/javascript">censorThisSite();</script>


Method 2:

If you don't want to do that much work, I created a page with the message. You just need to paste this code right below your <body> tag:
<iframe src="http://bunkercity.thecomicseries.com/files/cispa/index.html" 
frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" width="100%" height="100%" 
scrolling="auto" style="position: fixed; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; z-index: 10001;">
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21st Apr 2013, 5:38 AM #8
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I hate to say it but I really dont care about this- Im not for it.. but I dont know enough about it to make a choice actually.

cookies and tracking software already exsist your IP can be found in a matter of hours .. Internet providers keep records hell everything you ever posted on CF is logged . recorded and backed up .. ever been in a MMO all that is logged and recorded and stored .. privacy and the net, ha.
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21st Apr 2013, 5:42 AM #9
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Mayyday:Through various interactions with prople, I know that I'm in the EXTREME minority on this, but I've never really CARED about any of this. So what if they look at your stuff? Does it really matter? What do you have to hide?

Then again, I'm in the somewhat unique situation of having no right to free speech (or privacy) to START with, so that's probably why I fail to see the big deal.


I kind of agree, I mean I could already get in trouble if I downloaded things illegally, which is the only illegal thing I would do online, so having some government database with more infor on what I do does not bother me.

But at the same time I don't like the idea of the government tracking what people do too much, and from what I know of these bills I feel like they would. So, doesn't so much matter to me, but I understand the opposition of others.
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21st Apr 2013, 5:48 AM #10
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well, google's been storing our information even we we use the private search(they store the information for at least 9 months) and who knows what kind of privileges we give to the companies when we press "i accept the terms and conditions" button. and honestly, i don't find nothing wrong with this legislation, unless you have something to hide.
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21st Apr 2013, 5:48 AM #11
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TheOneBlueGecko:But at the same time I don't like the idea of the government tracking what people do too much, and from what I know of these bills I feel like they would.


So what? "Oh man, Gecko likes to check Facebook at 2pm on Tuesdays. And look at pictures of cats with poor grammar." Does it REALLY matter if people have access to this information? Like Cent said, 99% is discoverable by warrant anyway.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:06 AM #12
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Centcomm:I hate to say it but I really dont care about this- Im not for it.. but I dont know enough about it to make a choice actually.

cookies and tracking software already exsist your IP can be found in a matter of hours .. Internet providers keep records hell everything you ever posted on CF is logged . recorded and backed up .. ever been in a MMO all that is logged and recorded and stored .. privacy and the net, ha.

There's a difference though. Most tracking information stays within the company. If they decide to sell the data, with current privacy protections, they can't sell data that tie back to you. Data like the number of hits a site gets does not include your IP, name, address, etc. With this new bill, the DHS does not need a warrant. It also overrides all existing privacy laws.

Rights get eroded gradually, and this is just another step. Each step may seem like no big deal, but with each new bill, a bit more of our protections gets stripped away. We should have laws with more privacy protection, not less.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:15 AM #13
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I draw the line when they start telling you what to do. They can watch/monitor what I ALREADY do all they want; I really don't care. When they start TELLING you what to do, that's when you start entering 1984 territory.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:24 AM #14
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Mayyday:I draw the line when they start telling you what to do. They can watch/monitor what I ALREADY do all they want; I really don't care. When they start TELLING you what to do, that's when you start entering 1984 territory.

Would you be okay if there was an NSA agent watching what you do at home through your window all day? Or would you rather he not? He's not telling you what to do, just monitoring. Wouldn't that force you to change what you would normally do if no one is watching? Constant monitoring is exactly what 1984 is about. In the book, people are not free in their own homes due to the fear of the government watching.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:26 AM #15
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I have a sinking feeling that this could potentially be the new Sedition Act. Sure, they'll start off hunting down obvious criminals like pirates and child pornographers, but unless the Supreme Court steps in, they pretty much have free interpretation of what constitutes as "threatening" material. Did you make a video criticizing the President's administration? Your YouTube channel is shut down. Did you start multiple petitions to repeal gun legislation? Someone comes to your house and cuts your wires. Want to vote Republican this upcoming election? Too bad, all mention of the grand old party have been wiped from the Internet. Did you immigrate from a communist country? Your entire family is abducted. Add on the fact that the way this legislation is worded includes not only websites but telecommunications companies (YOUR &&&&ING CELL PHONES) pretty much equates to everyone getting their own personal Watergate in the future. 1984 has finally arrived.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:27 AM #16
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Yeah, and they get "disappeared" if they step out of line or disagree with The Party. No one's doing that (yet).

And I basically already DO have an NSA agent outside my window at all times. If my superiors want to wake me up at 2am to go through everything in my closet for no reason whatsoever, they can. They have.
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21st Apr 2013, 6:58 AM #17
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Mayyday:Yeah, and they get "disappeared" if they step out of line or disagree with The Party. No one's doing that (yet).

And I basically already DO have an NSA agent outside my window at all times. If my superiors want to wake me up at 2am to go through everything in my closet for no reason whatsoever, they can. They have.

You can't wait until they're disappearing people to start voicing your opposition, it's too late. Anyways, I meant that an important part of the book is that monitoring in itself changes your behavior and restricts your freedom.

I don't know your circumstances, so I won't comment on it. But the question was, would you rather that agent be there or not? I'd assume you would not, and I'd assume you would not wish that situation on everyone else.
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21st Apr 2013, 7:05 AM #18
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I'm in the military. We don't HAVE any rights (except freedom of religion.)

And I really wouldn't care. I'd probably make goofy faces at him and nickname him "Slappy."

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Slappy the Hypothetical NSA Agent.
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23rd Apr 2013, 3:07 AM #19
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powerful.pineapple:i heard they passed it while the country was distracted by tragedy.

that worked. and also, what a cheap trick.


Whose fault is that?

The bill was there long before national tragedy. And I'm not even going to ask people to remind me what the statistic is of people who vote in elections that don't occur in a year that is a multiple of 4. The people you voted for are voting on it. And they do respond to the letters you write to them.

Maybe Facebook is taking over the world, maybe the world is changing, but where was all this outrage when AUMF was passed? Did I just miss it then?

If you really believe this needs to be defeated, dont' just talk shit about it on the internet. Get a stamp, get an envelope, or if your congressman reads e-mail write one. And write it in your own words.

Copy and paste form letters do not have the same impact. Letting a congressman know that you took the time to write does mean something.
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*This response is not directed at Pineapple, but at the viewpoint in general.

**I also don't support CISPA

***I was only 16 at the time. Was there outrage over the AUMF that I missed because I was just a kid? I mean, I was starting to get scared of getting drafted. But that just looks like teenage drama now.

****I don't suppose anyone has actually read the bill? Please tell me is you have.

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23rd Apr 2013, 3:26 AM #20
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It's discoverable by a warrant. Which means that someone has to go to a judge and ask for it.

There is also entirely innocuous searches that you can be doing (Writers look up some crazy things!) that might look wonky to someone looking at it with a certain agenda.

Today I was trying to remember what kind of stuff they put on mail to kill people so I could make a joke about why someone's mail might take too long to cross the border... Yet to someone trying to find terrorists, I might have been researching a terror plot.

The warrant ensures that they have to meet a certain expectation before they can look at that information. (Except I'm in Canada, so probably moot. I'll fight this battle when it comes to my shores :) )
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