Cybersecurity

Massive advocacy surge forestalls cybersecurity showdown

Foot kicking a can

Congratulations! You, and more than 6 million other fax-firing outraged citizens, helped convince the Senate on its last day of pre-recess debate not to take up S. 754, the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). . . at least until Congress returns after Labor Day. While modified by its principal authors, Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Democrat ... Read More »

Urgent: Help rebury “zombie” cybersecurity bill

Zombie hand breaking through dirt

It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) goes by the innocuous name ... Read More »

Senate leaders rush end-run on personal privacy

Digital screen with lock icon displayed

Apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) learned nothing from the overwhelming outpouring of opposition to the worst of the USA PATRIOT Act earlier this month. They’re using the Senate Rules to try to ram through – as early as tomorrow – privacy-hostile legislation that’s received no public hearing or Senate floor ... Read More »

Slam internet standards back door on NSA

Lock and chain over green door

Last night, immediately post-passage of the landmark USA FREEDOM Act, we celebrated as urged here in the District Dispatch. We also wrote, “Tomorrow, the fight for further badly needed reforms will go on.” Well, it’s now “tomorrow” and there is indeed more work that Congress can and must do as this post goes to press to truly prevent the ongoing ... Read More »

Sony leak reveals efforts to revive SOPA

Sony Pictures studio.

Working in Washington, D.C. tends to make one a bit jaded: the revolving door, the bipartisan attacks, not enough funding for libraries — the list goes on. So, yes, I am D.C.-weary and growing more cynical. Now I have another reason to be fed up. The Sony Pictures Entertainment data breach has uncovered documents that show that the Motion Picture ... Read More »