The hacker group Anonymous is calling for the internet to “black out” for 24 hours starting tomorrow, April 22, in protest of the CISPA bill.

CISPA, which passed in Congress on Friday and is heading into the senate, would make it legal for websites to give your personal information to the US Government without your permission.  Anonymous is attacking the bill for being a breach in privacy to the American people, and are calling for it to not be passed into law.

Anonymous is asking for this blackout to show the American people do not want this law, and they are asking for Obama to take notice and to promise to veto the bill.  Obama has previously threatened to veto the bill, and this should help him to take notice.


Anonymous has lead a successful blackout against the SOPA and PIPA bills in January, convincing the websites Wikipedia, Reddit and Google to join in.  That blackout successfully combated those bills, and Anonymous is hoping to have another successful blackout.

If you want to learn more, read this article at Huffington Post Technology.


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  1. This is a very interesting blog post to read, especially after the blackout has taken place. A quick article I read about the protest says it failed to generate the same response as the SOFA and PIPA protests last year. One cannot help but wonder why. One quick hypothesis is that this protest failed to bring in the 2 of the major websites that participated in the previous blackout, Google and Wikipedia. Although this undoubtedly a major issue, it seems that when Google and Wikipedia take action in the cyber world, others follow suit. With some large sites at Google and Wikipedia not taking action, it is like that other small sites saw this and decided not to respond either.

    As for the issue itself, maybe I have too much faith in the government, but I have no problem with technology companies sharing their information and data with the government. The reasoning behind the bill is that more information will help the government better attack cyber security issues. In my opinion, if you have nothing to hide, which I assume most of us do, why not let the government take a look? We may be giving up one of our rights to privacy, but in return, we are getting increased online safety.

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