Stupid Politics As Usual To Drive The CISPA Narrative

from the unfortunate dept

Well, this is not too surprising, but it is unfortunate. As the Obama administration has said it would veto CISPA, the House has now turned this into a partisan fight. As with IP issues, I tend to think it's dangerous and stupid when privacy fights become partisan. Once the debate is partisan, it seems to lose all sense of reason and perspective and just degrades into name calling. And there's a chance exactly that is happening with CISPA and other cybersecurity bills, as the Republicans are "daring" the Democrats to support these bills, with the political calculus being that if they don't support these bills and something terrible happens (planes falling from the sky, etc.) that they can then blame the Democrats for being soft on cybercrime. That narrative, of course, ignores the very real privacy concerns that are being raised by a variety of parties. It effectively shifts the entire debate away from finding a real solution, and into a situation where some are pressured to accept a bad solution for the sake of political optics.

Filed Under: cispa, cybersecurity, democrats, obama administration, privacy, republicans


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    Kevin (profile), 26 Apr 2012 @ 8:29pm

    Poli Tricks

    Ahhh now we see what these so called pillars of society are really like.
    One wonders if these name throwing twits behaved in the same manner when they were in diapers. Most probably.
    let us all hop the Obama sticks to his promise and does the right thing and veto the whole bill.

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