Published on Jan 18, 2014
Anti-government protesters and police clashed in Istanbul on Saturday during demonstrations against the government’s new internet policy.
Protesters converged on Taksim Square, chanting “Government resign” and “All united against fascism”, with some reportedly launching fireworks and stones at police. In response, Turkish riot police deployed water canon, tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse protesters. Clashes broke up soon afterwards.
The internet bill would allow officials to keep records of web users’ activities and block keywords seen as ‘problematic’. Despite growing concerns about censorship, the bill was approved by a parliamentary committee on Thursday.
“As US cybersecurity bill CISPA heads to the House Floor for a vote, the White House National Security Council has issued a statement suggesting that the President won’t support it in its current form. “We continue to believe that information sharing improvements are essential to effective legislation,” said NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden told the Los Angeles Times in a statement. “but they must include privacy and civil liberties protections, reinforce the roles of civilian and intelligence agencies, and include targeted liability protections.”*
CISPA, the controversial bill that greatly threatens the privacy of anyone online, is making its way to Congress after passing in a closed-door vote by the House Intelligence Committee by a huge margin. There were no changes to the language to protect personal privacy. How is this happening after the internet so loudly cried foul, and why is it being ignored in the press? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.
In recent weeks the governments of Britain, Israel, the US, Japan, India and China have reported alleged cyber attacks by foreign militaries, hackers, and malicious software like Duqu, a virus similar to the Stuxnet cyber weapon constructed by Israel and the US for use against Iran’s nuclear program. Although the nature and origin of the attacks or even whether they took place at all cannot be independently confirmed, the supposed threats are being used to propose punishing new legislation aimed at stifling internet freedoms and are igniting new rivalries in what many see as the battlefield of the 21st century: cyberspace.