Brian Fung

Brian Fung is an associate editor at The Atlantic. He was previously a contributor to The Washington Post's technology and innovations channel, and has also written for Foreign Policy and Talking Points Memo, among others.

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Why CISPA Isn’t SOPA

Privacy hawks are in danger of fighting the same battle over Internet legislation fought in January.

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Privacy activists are taking aim at Congress’ latest attempt to legislate the Web this week—the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) being debated in the House today. So far, the measure’s sponsors have managed to fly beneath the radar, avoiding much of the attention that doomed two earlier attempts at Internet policing, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). But if CISPA’s opponents get their way, the lawmakers’ strategy of keeping quiet won’t work for much longer. Luckily for Representative Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican leading the charge on CISPA, he doesn’t need to hold out for more than a couple days. The bill is scheduled for a Friday vote and is expected to pass the House, despite condemnation from key groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The bill comes in two parts. Under one part of CISPA, businesses and corporations...