CISPA is a sweeping, privacy-annihilating Internet law that we killed last year. The Congressmen who introduced it haven’t learned their lesson and they’ve reintroduced it. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, right? We killed CISPA once before. We will kill CISPA again. It only works if you take part. This week, CISPA was reintroduced in the House of Representatives. EFF is joining groups like ACLU and Fight for the Future in combating this legislation. Last year, tens of thousands of concerned individuals used the EFF action center to speak out against overbroad and ineffective cybersecurity proposals. Together, we substantially changed the debate around cybersecurity in the U.S., moving forward a range of privacy-protective amendments and ultimately helping to defeat the Senate bill.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a birther eligibility case against President Barack Obama. Docket No. 12A606 entitled Noonan v. Bowen is listed on the SCOTUS website. On Feb. 19, the nation’s highest court stated:
Feb 19 2013 Application (12A606) denied by the Court. The plaintiffs contend that Obama used forged government IDs and a fake social security number in order to run for political office. (See YouTube video at the bottom on CNN’s 2008 story on Obama’s alleged real father Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying communist who the president mentions in his autobiography Dreams from My Father.)
A woman was arrested after calling 911 to fulfill her nicotine addiction. The unnamed 48-year-old from the Oak Trail Shores subdivision in Hood County called the dispatcher last Monday. She said that she was out of cigarettes and needed someone to deliver some to her home. Police arrested the woman and charged her with a Class B misdemeanor for 911 abuse. She was released from jail after posting bond.
Arizona State University believes a porno website is sullying its good name … and if it’s allowed to continue, ASU’s reputation as the Harvard of Maricopa County will forever be damaged. Naturally, the mucky mucks at Arizona State University — home of the Sun Devils — are pissed … and have taken legal action to force the site to shut down, claiming it’s violating ASU’s trademark. ASU also claims the site features a logo that’s kinda sorta-ish similar to logos used by Arizona State. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, ASU argues … unless Sun Devil Angels is stopped immediately, the site is “likely to cause initial interest confusion among Internet users seeking information regarding ASU.” Really? ‘Cause if you ACTUALLY BELIEVE Arizona State would be affiliated with a real-life hardcore porno website … you’re probably ASU material.
At a United Nations conference in December, 89 countries voted in favor of international government regulation of the Internet. Specific regulations have not been agreed upon, but FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell told FoxNews.com he fears the U.N. may seek further rulings at a 2014 conference in Busan, Korea. Regulatory proposals range from changes in the way web addresses like “.com” are distributed to charging websites for sending information (a company like Facebook or Google could be required to pay cable companies a charge every time someone used their site). McDowell said such charges could kill some sites.