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A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.CISA is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

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“We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet,” a statement posted to one of the websites affiliated with the group said. "There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight."

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The Internet loves cats, so much so that a group calling itself the Internet Defense League has selected the “cat signal” as its emergency warning to Web surfers that some nefarious threat to Internet freedom is rearing its head in the halls of Congress or elsewhere.

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That's a big score for defenders of Internet freedom: On Friday, responding to strong public reactions and grass-roots campaigns, key members of the House and Senate put scheduled votes on the über-contentious SOPA and PIPA bills on ice.

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs jailhouse abuse; S&P's downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the presidentThis week on Truthdig Radio: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs jailhouse abuse; S&P's downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges sues the president.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small "went dark" in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

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To protest two pieces of legislation that threaten the free and open Internet as we know it, thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, are taking themselves offline Others, including Google, are asking users to take action (more)Thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, are taking themselves offline.

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Rupert Murdoch is a surprisingly good tweeter, direct and revealing in his comments, but he is also the head of a media conglomerate, so when he loses his cool and fires off a shot at "[p]iracy leader" Google, it has reverberations beyond the nail salon.

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