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Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit, donor-funded defender of digital rights created in 1990 before the Internet took off.  Their website has daily updates on censorship issues as well as information about how to get involved.

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“Personal” Computers- Not so private anymore?

Are there things on your computer that you’d rather not have people see? Maybe some emails that have been sent back and forth, private Facebook messages, some photos, your browsing history? Even though what you have may not be incriminating, or even wrong, having someone else see it and go through it is violating.

There is a reason that people use passwords, that not everything is public on social media and mail services- because people are entitled to their privacy. Having these walls broken down, and allowing companies to break through and get personal information is a violation of one’s privacy.

Let’s focus of the privacy of one’s own health. Hypothetically, you go to the doctors and discover that you have an STD. Obviously, this is something that you don’t want anyone to know about. Maybe you go home and do some Google searches about the disease. You look through dozens of different web pages, providing you information about how it’s contracted, how it’s treated, what else you can do for it. Maybe after that you email your physician, asking her some specific questions about the medication you used, or what else you can do. Your physician emails you back with more detailed information about your personal condition.

With CISPA, a private security company could go through your internet searches, web-browsing history, and your private emails without any repercussions. Let’s repeat that-   a complete stranger to YOU would be able to identify that you had an STD, something you wanted to keep private, as well as personal correspondence between you and your physician about this condition? Wasn’t there a law about medical privacy?

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The HIPAA laws state that “the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition” is considered protective health information “in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.” HIPAA laws have been in place for almost twenty years, in the interest of protecting individual’s privacy rights when it comes to their health. CISPA would be walking all over it.

There are reasons these laws were put into place: to protect the privacy of citizen’s health information. If this kind of information will no longer be private, then what will?

Get more information on HIPAA and their privacy laws HERE: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/

We did it!

Today, 4 days before than the March 15, 2013 deadline, the Stop CISPA petition to the White House has reached it’s goal of 100,000 signatures, and is still growing.

Hopefully the voices of the 100,690 and counting will make a statement that we have a right to privacy on the internet, once and for all.

Ron Paul: “Internet Freedom is Vital for Human Freedom”

On this blog we make it clear to our readers who our enemies are, and why we believe their motivations are misplaced. In constantly lashing out at our enemies though, some people may begin to get the wrong ideas about what we really stand for here at “UNCENSORED”. While it is obvious there are those out there who take advantage of the resources offered by the Internet, we stand on a different leg. We advocate the use of the Internet as an extension of our human selves, to help better the world as we know it. So as we like to remind the world that we are strongly against CISPA and all that it stands for, we would also like to remind the world of some of our supporters in the fight for human freedom.

ronpaul1Ron Paul, American physician, author, and former politician, has spoken out time and time again about the importance of Internet freedom, and the necessity of keeping it intact. One item in particular, was his October 22nd Texas Straight Talk, in which he touches on CISPA and iterates why Internet freedom is vital for human freedom.

He explains that until the late 1990s, those who were interested in Austrian economics, U.S. constitutional history, and libertarian philosophy had few sources of information to study. They had to spend hours scouring used bookstores or the back pages of obscure libertarian periodicals to find the works of great writers including the likes of: Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and other giants of liberty. Local library and university collections ignored libertarian politics and economics.

“Today, however, the greatest classics of libertarian thought, libertarian philosophy, and libertarian economics are available instantly to anyone with Internet access. Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever before for liberty activists to spread news and other information regarding the evils of government power and the benefits of freedom. For the first time in human history, supporters of liberty around the world can share information across borders quickly and cheaply. Without the filter of government censors, this information emboldens millions to question governments and promote liberty. 

This is why liberty-minded Americans must do everything possible to oppose– and stop– government attempts to censor or limit the free flow of information online.”

People with great influence such as Ron Paul, are the true benefactors of Internet freedom, and without these influential characters we may already have lost many of the freedoms that we still have, and cling on to so desperately.

Listen to the talk HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3lOeaft5g4