Fight for the Future


Despite AP story detailing cybersecurity failures at State Department, Clinton has “no comment” on CISA, a flawed cyber bill that Sanders, tech industry leaders oppose

Posted 12:09 EDT on October 19, 2015

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October 19, 2015

Contact: Holmes Wilson, 614-465-6371, press@fightforthefuture.org

This morning, Fight for the Future launched a petition demanding that Hillary Clinton state her position on CISA, a flawed cyber security bill that Clinton competitor Bernie Sanders and tech industry leaders (including Apple, Microsoft, Salesforce, Facebook and Google) have opposed.

The campaign was launched in the wake of an Associated Press report detailing numerous failures in cybersecurity at the State Department during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State – failures that go beyond the widely-reported use of insecure email addresses. (This report caused the phrase “under hillary” to trend on social media.)

“At a time when CISA is being rejected by other politicians, the public, security experts, and even the industry it’s supposed to protect, Clinton’s continued silence shows she’s in the wrong place on cybersecurity,” said Fight for the Future Co-director Tiffiniy Cheng, “If Clinton wants to reclaim her credibility on this issue, she needs to take a stand against CISA.”

Both Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul have already come out opposing CISA. Sanders announced his opposition last week.

“Internet users are outraged that Congress is even considering legislation that undermines the basic security of the Internet by sweeping away privacy protections and letting companies off the hook when they improperly share or leak our personal information,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The safety of Internet users’ personal information is more fragile than ever; any candidate for president needs to take this seriously, and line up with the leading voices in tech to oppose the bill.”

Last week, the trade association CCIA announced its opposition to the bill. CCIA represents a wide range of large technology companies including: Amazon, British Telecom, Cloudflare, Dish, eBay, Facebook, Foursquare, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Pandora, Paypal, Samsung, Sprint, and Yahoo.

Last month, the Business Software Alliance, which represents Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others, clarified that it did not support CISA after Fight for the Future launched a campaign calling attention to the fact that several companies had (apparently mistakenly) signed a letter that appeared to support CISA-like legislation.

The YouBetrayedUs.org campaign sparked a major backlash from customers and Internet users, generating thousands of emails to the companies involved, and online calls for a boycott, which quickly lead to Salesforce’s CEO taking to twitter to say that his company does not support the bill and the original BSA letter was “a mistake.”

Technology companies and members of Congress are under increasing pressure to oppose CISA, which has now been delayed multiple times in the Senate after grassroots uprisings. Fight for the Future and other groups are planning to escalate their efforts targeting members of Congress, presidential candidates and technology companies that remain silent or support CISA, and will be ready if the bill comes before the Senate in the coming weeks.

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Yelp and Wikipedia join growing list of companies opposing CISA, controversial cybersecurity bill

Posted 00:56 EDT on October 19, 2015

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October 19, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Over the weekend, Yelp and the Wikimedia Foundation (who run Wikipedia, the 7th most popular website in the world) joined a growing list of tech companies opposing the the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).

Yelp, the popular online review site tweeted its opposition last night, saying: “Congress is trying to pass a “cyber security” bill that threatens your privacy. Join us & others to oppose,” linking to Fight for the Future’s campaign site CISPAisBack.org

Wikimedia added their voice on Friday, tweeting, “We believe in fighting for our users privacy and security. That’s why we oppose #CISA, a bill that endangers both.”  

Yelp and Wikimedia are in good company opposing the bill. Dozens of cybersecurity experts have weighed in, saying the legislation not only threatens privacy but would fail to address the fundamental issues causing cyber attacks and breaches. Last week, CCIA, an industry association representing tech giants Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others, also issued a statement slamming the bill.

“It’s awesome to see Yelp and other companies weighing in on the side of Team Internet once again,” said Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng. “By opposing CISA they’re standing up for their users’ privacy and security, and showing the way for other companies to do the same.”

Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Wordpress, Craigslist, Namecheap, and hundreds of other companies have opposed CISA and similar information sharing legislation in the past.

Last month, the Business Software Alliance, which represents Apple, Microsoft, and other major tech companies, clarified that it does not support any of the three information sharing bills before Congress after Fight for the Future ran a public campaign called YouBetrayedUs that spurred a flurry of angry emails from consumers targeting companies that signed a BSA letter that appeared to support CISA.

CISA’s sponsors have repeatedly claimed that the bill will see the senate floor this week, but given this latest revolt from the tech industry, many watching the bill are skeptical of it moving quickly anytime soon.

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BREAKING: Trade group representing Google, Facebook, Yahoo, T-Mobile, Sprint, & Netflix, says that it does not support CISA, controversial cyber bill

Posted 11:05 EDT on October 15, 2015

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October 15, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-,6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

This morning, the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a trade group that represents many large technology companies including Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, published a blog post saying they do not support the current version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA.)

“[CISA] does not sufficiently protect users’ privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government,” the post read, “In addition, the bill authorizes entities to employ network defense measures that might cause collateral harm to the systems of innocent third parties …  such a system should not come at the expense of users’ privacy, need not be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity, and must not enable activities that might actively destabilize the infrastructure the bill aims to protect.”

CCIA represents a wide range of large technology companies including: Amazon, British Telecom, Cloudflare, Dish, eBay, Facebook, Foursquare, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Pandora, Paypal, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Yahoo.

“Internet users are outraged that Congress is even considering legislation that undermines the basic security of the Internet by sweeping away privacy protections and letting companies off the hook when they improperly share or leak our personal information,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “Members of Congress should pay attention: nobody wants this bill. Not the public, not security experts, and not even the industry it’s supposed to protect. The safety of Internet users personal information is more fragile than ever, if Congress decides to make matters worse, everyone will know it was the result of ignorance and corruption”

This new host of companies coming out against the current version of CISA is a major blow to the already teetering legislation. It is particularly notable that T-Mobile is a member of CCIA, as the sponsors of CISA have attempted to use the recent T-Mobile / Experian information breach as an excuse to push the bill to the Senate floor, even though cybersecurity experts say CISA would have done nothing to prevent it.

Last month, the Business Software Alliance, which represents Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others, clarified that it does not support CISA after Fight for the Future launched a campaign calling out companies that had signed a letter that appeared to support CISA-like legislation.

The YouBetrayedUs.org campaign sparked a major backlash from customers and Internet users, generating thousands of emails to the companies involved, and online calls for a boycott, which quickly lead to Salesforce’s CEO taking to twitter to say that his company does not support the bill and the original BSA letter was “a mistake.”

Technology companies and members of Congress are under increasing pressure to oppose CISA, which has now been delayed multiple times in the Senate after grassroots uprisings. Fight for the Future and other groups are planning to escalate their efforts targeting both Congress and technology companies that remain silent or support CISA, and will be ready if the bill comes before the Senate in the coming weeks.

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BREAKING: Wikileaks releases final negotiated text of TPP Intellectual Property Chapter exposing grave threat to Internet freedom, free speech, access to medicine

Posted 10:48 EDT on October 9, 2015

Digital rights group Fight for the Future calls for Congress to Defund the corrupt U.S Trade Representative (USTR) in response to leaked text

This morning, Wikileaks released the final negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Intellectual Property” chapter, confirming advocates warnings that the deal contains extreme copyright provisions and monopoly protections for large pharmaceutical companies that threaten online freedom of speech and affordable access to medicine.

Fight for the Future, a leading digital rights group that has opposed the TPP due to its utter lack of transparency and potential to lead to widespread Internet censorship, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to campaign director Evan Greer:

“The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information.

But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process that this would be the result.  Appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists; from the outset there was no way this was going to be a good deal for the public”

“Honestly, at this point, the only true course of action for members of Congress who still believe in democracy would be to completely defund and do away with the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR,) who are largely responsible for the TPP and its extremist contents. This agency become the laughing stock of Washington, DC and is one of the most blatant examples of a revolving door between industry and government. The contents of the TPP’s IP chapter were bought and paid for by Hollywood and the pharmaceutical industry before the negotiations even began.

The U.S.’s copyright system is corrupt and severely broken. But instead of trying to fix it, the USTR is trying to force these draconian policies on the rest of the world. We at Fight for the Future will fight to make sure that never happens, and we call upon the entire Internet to fight with us.”

Fight for the Future is a digital rights nonprofit that has driven more than 130,000 emails and more than 15,000 phone calls to Congress opposing the TPP  in recent months, rallied more than 7,500 websites for an online protest, and helped coordinate a letter to Congress from more than 250 tech companies expressing transparency and tech related concerns about Fast Track legislation.

The group made headlines in March when they flew a 30’ blimp over several of Senator Ron Wyden’s town hall meetings calling for him to “Save the Internet” by opposing Fast Track for the TPP, and then parked a Jumbotron on capitol hill to display the viral video they made about the stunt. More recently, Fight for the Future made a splash on the hill when they delivered actual rubber stamps to every house Republican’s office with a mock letter from President Obama asking Congress to “please rubber stamp my secret trade agenda.

Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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BREAKING: Hillary Clinton says she does not support the TPP

Posted 16:24 EDT on October 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future praises presidential candidates who oppose this secretive deal that undermines Internet openness and free speech

Today, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview on PBS NewsHour that, based on what she knows of the agreement, she does not support the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Fight for the Future, a leading digital rights group that has opposed the deal, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to campaign director Evan Greer:

“The fact that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump are all standing up to oppose this deal should tell you something: it’s supremely unpopular among American voters. And with good reason: the TPP poses a grave threat to the most basic aspects of our democratic process.

Based on what we know from leaked drafts, the TPP would export the United States’ broken copyright system to the rest of the world without expanding protections for free speech, potentially leading to widespread abuse and Internet censorship. It would undermine protections for whistleblowers and access to affordable medicine. It’s nothing short of a laundry list of attacks on our most basic rights and freedoms.

It’s not hard for the average U.S. voter to see that the TPP is a bad deal for them, so it’s becoming increasingly hard for any presidential candidate who expects to be elected to stay aboard this sinking ship.”

Fight for the Future is a digital rights nonprofit that has driven more than 130,000 emails and more than 15,000 phone calls to Congress in recent months, rallied more than 7,500 websites for an online protest, and helped coordinate a letter to Congress from more than 250 tech companies expressing transparency and tech related concerns about Fast Track legislation.

The group made headlines in March when they flew a 30’ blimp over several of Senator Ron Wyden’s town hall meetings calling for him to “Save the Internet” by opposing Fast Track for the TPP, and then parked a Jumbotron on capitol hill to display the viral video they made about the stunt. More recently, Fight for the Future made a splash on the hill when they delivered actual rubber stamps to every house Republican’s office with a mock letter from President Obama asking Congress to “please rubber stamp my secret trade agenda.

Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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