CISPA privacy and the explosion of Internet data.

Privacy Isn't the Only Problem With CISPA

Privacy Isn't the Only Problem With CISPA

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
May 1 2012 5:04 PM

Privacy Isn't the Only Problem With CISPA

CISPA may not be the new SOPA, but it's not exactly popular. The cybersecurity legislation has raised the hackles of privacy advocates, private companies, and the White House.

But there's another problem with CISPA, one that hasn't received the attention it deserves. In Future Tense today, John Villasenor explains that if passed, CISPA would cast the U.S. government in a role that it can't, and shouldn't, fulfill. Villasenor writes:

The idea underpinning CISPA—that the government should sit at the center of the cybersecurity universe, collecting all of the information about cyberthreats, analyzing it, and dispensing solutions—will no longer work. There are too many data. The government can be an essential supporting actor in the effort to secure American networks and to prevent intellectual property theft. But it can’t, and shouldn’t try to be, the orchestra conductor.

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Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, New America, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies.