This is a short post but it is regarding something I feel very strongly about… Aaron Swartz was only 26 years old; a coder and activist, facing more prison time than most murderers or rapists face, due to the moronic, misled and abusive computer “crime” law in America. Please read the below and then follow the link, where you can sign your name and let the government know that we the people are not okay with these asinine laws. To learn more about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) simply click here and it will open a helpful website in a new tab. It is worth a read, as the text is so broad it basically makes most of us liable for prosecution.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is broken.
Tell Congress to fix it.
- No more criminal penalties for violating a website’s fine print
- No criminal penalties for circumvention techniques that protect privacy and promote security
- Make penalties proportionate to offenses
The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America’s misguided computer crime law. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has vague language that broadly criminalizes accessing a computer without “authorization,” but doesn’t explain what that actually means. It also contains heavy-handed penalties and shows no regard for whether an act was done to further the public good.
Take action by simply clicking here and entering your name. We must stand up against laws which punish those who work and fight for justice and good, and let pedophiles and true criminals out of prison. The system is broken, badly. Let them know that you know.
Please. Again, the link is HERE and it also will open in a new tab.