The same groups that fought off the anti-piracy bill SOPA are now rallying the Internet community against Cispa, a cyber security bill introduced Thursday during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.
One year ago today websites like Wikipedia and Reddit went dark to protest two anti-piracy bills that no one outside the Beltway had ever heard of before. Today, because of that blackout, the acronyms SOPA and PIPA are practically household names.
With the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the Internet community may have found its next SOPA moment. But this time, instead of working to stop legislation, the focus is on advocating congressional action to change laws that the group and Aaron's family believe led to Swartz's death.
California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a bill that would amend the penalties in a computer-hacking law that was cited as the reason Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz took his own life last Friday. She's calling it "Aaron's Law." Lofgren posted a draft of her simple, two-page bill Tuesday night on Reddit.