The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed the House of Representatives this week. Internet freedom groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are up in arms about its potential for undermining internet users’ online privacy. In particular, detractors charge that the bill gives Internet companies the right “to monitor user actions and share sensitive user data with the government without a warrant” and other problematic features.
The hacker collective Anonymous has called for a massive online protest against CISPA to occur on April 22nd through an “Internet Blackout Day” by asking “web developers and website owners to go dark” and to also “display a message as to why you are going dark, and encourage others to do the same.”
The group’s call for an online blackout day is reminiscent of a protest last year against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Websites Reddit and Wikipedia both went dark to protest SOPA, while Google blacked out its famous Google doodle logo to symbolize solidarity in opposition.