Tech Community Launches Fax Campaign to Fight Back Against CISA

To help get the point across to power players in Washington DC, more than a dozen digital rights organizations and other Internet groups have launched a faxing campaign to demonstrate their disagreement with the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISA):

Using a website set up with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, critique concerning CISA can now be sent over the web and automatically faxed to all 100 senators.

“Congress is stuck in 1984,” reads part of the site. “It doesn’t seem to understand modern technology. So we’re going to communicate with it in a way it’ll understand: With faxes. Thousands and thousands of faxes.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and the bill’s co-author, said CISA “incentivizes the sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the private sector and the government and among private sector entities.”

“It responds to the massive and growing threat to national and economic security from cyber intrusion and attack, and seeks to improve the security of public and private computer networks by increasing awareness of threats and defenses,” Ms. Feinstein said.

As with similarly worded proposals that have surfaced during the past few years, however, detractors claim the language of the bill is too broad and brings up big concerns over the types of data that the government can collect from innocent internet users.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said in March that he was opposed to the bill because it “is bad for Americans’ privacy.”