FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
As CISPA passes the House, Fight for the Future announces plans to organize the largest protest in history for online privacy and challenges Rep. Mike Rogers to a debate with a 14 year old in a basement.
April 18, 2013-- CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, passed the House of Representatives, 288-127. Within minutes after the bill passed, digital rights leaders Fight for the Future announced that they would organize the largest online privacy protest in history to stop the bill before it could get further. The announcement was posted at the URL http://SitesNotSpies.org, and was immediately shared many times on social media.
Privacy and civil liberties groups are joined by very large technology companies, such as Mozilla, Reddit, Imgur, Namecheap, Craigslist, and many others in opposing CISPA. Fight for the Future will be working with partners and sites to organize a protest for the latter part of spring 2013. The details have not been shared, but the announcement can be seen at http://sitesnotspies.org.
In the meantime, Fight for the Future, in response to Representative Mike Rogers' controversial statement about opponents of CISPA as "14 year old tweeter[s] in the basement", are demanding Rep. Rogers appear on national television in a live debate with a 14 year old CISPA opponent, who will be debating the congressperson from their basement. The search for the best candidate for a debate against Rep. Rogers has begun and can be seen at http://themikerogerschallenge.com
"Congress had a chance to pass a cybersecurity bill that would protect our privacy. Instead they chose to keep all of the government tracking and monitoring pieces of the bill intact. Privacy is important not just for our security but for our rights to freedom of expression. Yet, CISPA is a few months away from becoming law even though it violates the 4th Amendment and our most basic rights. We're going to bring on a protest and bring out a 14-year-old to challenge Mike Rogers' cybersecurity bill," said Tiffiniy Cheng, co-director of Fight for the Future.
An image from the site, http://SitesNotSpies.org
Fight for the Future works to excite the Internet to fight for the public good, our basic rights and freedoms. Founded in 2011, we're known for effective, viral organizing and mass engagement through the distributed organizing platforms we've built, including the SOPA protests in the winter of 2012-2013 and the Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.