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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Apr 2012 @ 9:43pm

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    You are, Cletus. Have you read the bills you cite? Can you even read at that level? Maybe you'd like to compare and contrast the provisions of SOPA/PIPA, the two foreign trade agreements and the CISPA bills for us. And what secrecy are you babbling about? SOPA/PIPA and CISPA are all part of the Congressional Record. ACTA and TPP are widely reported on. I guess that since you live in WVA your internet consists of a dial-up modem connected to a tin can and string that you don't get the latest news. Get out of the doublewide, drive an hour to town and ask the librarian to read you a few articles on these subjects. Hell, turn it into a vacation and bring your wife/sister with you.

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