Quoted: Is CISPA from ‘1984’?

“I know it’s 2012, but it feels like ‘1984’ in this House.”

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., invoked George Orwell’s classic as he argued Thursday against the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is meant to allow for increased sharing of information between the government and companies in the name of cybersecurity. In a surprise vote that was not supposed to take place until today, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the controversial bill 248-168, sending it on to the Senate — which has its own measure — and defied the wishes of the Obama administration, which has threatened a veto. Critics from all over the political spectrum (the ACLU, the Republican Liberty Caucus, Anonymous, San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, among many others) have Big Brother-related concerns: While they agree with the need for action on cybersecurity, they say the bill could lead the way to government spying enabled by corporations. In addition, language in the bill appears to trump existing criminal laws. (See Trading privacy for security: on CISPA.) But Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., one of the bill’s authors, said Thursday: “There is no government surveillance, none, not any in this bill.”


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  • Gregg G

    What is the correct number of phones Samsung sold in Q1, 93 or 44 mil?

    • Levi Sumagaysay

      The larger number is overall handsets sold, the smaller one is smartphones sold.