Anonymous: Internet Blackout on April 22nd because of CISPA
In the video that appeared on the YouTube yesterday, and messages that are circulating throughout Social Networks on the Internet, Anonymous group is calling “All citizens of the internet” for complete Internet Blackout (#CISPABlackout) on April 22nd.
Reason for this is US Lawmakers in the House Of Representatives voted 288-to-127 Thursday afternoon to accept the CISPA bill. Next it will move to the Senate and could then end up on the desk of US President Barack Obama for him to potentially sign the bill into law. Earlier this week, though, senior White House advisers said they would recommend the president veto the bill.
Should CISPA earn the president’s autograph, private businesses will be encouraged to voluntarily share cyber threat information with the US government. The authors of the CISPA bill say this is an effort to better combat the reportedly increasing attempts to harm America’s critical computer networks and pilfer the systems of private companies for intellectual property and other sensitive trade secrets.
Anonymous group think otherwise. “This bill (CISPA) affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why Internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen …. The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally untouchable government spies just passed the House.”. They even created infographics with detailed explanation of CISPA.
Quote from YouTube video page (scroll down for video):
“Dear citizens of the internet,
We are Anonymous.
The United States Government is again attempting to control and censor the internet. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has just recently passed the house.
This bill would allow major internet entities such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google to voluntarily share your personal information with the U.S. Government. This will not only effect users in the United States, but also anyone with an account with these companies.
This upcoming Monday, April the 22nd, we invite you to join Anonymous in a internet blackout. We encourage all web developers and website owners to go dark on this date. Display a message as to why you are going dark, and encourage others to do the same.
We hope, just like the successful protest over the Stop Online Piracy Act, we can encourage the senate to stop this bill.
Spread the message, and inform the world.
We are Anonymous
We are the people
We are the internet
Knowledge is free”