How to protect free speech online

As general counsel for Avvo, Josh King has responded to hundreds of lawsuit threats — all for activity that is soundly protected by the First Amendment. Here, King outlines three areas where he believes companies can take a stand to protect free speech on the Internet.

How Germany’s Pirate Party is hacking politics

Founded on an agenda of copyfighting and radical transparency, Pirate parties are making political ground across Europe. Now its possible that the German offshoot could become the third party in the nation’s politics. So what do the pirates really want?

Why is Silicon Valley silent on CISPA?

In January, America’s great tech companies joined everyday internet users to break the back of a reviled law called SOPA. Months later, Washington is brewing a new law that alarms many SOPA opponents — but this time the same companies have been quiet as church mice.

Should we be as worried about CISPA as we were about SOPA?

Critics say that a bill called CISPA, which has been passed by the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate, is just as bad as SOPA — but others, including Facebook, support the legislation. Should you be concerned about it?

A step-by-step guide to making CISPA suck less

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a lot like your old college buddy who used to get way too drunk and then puke in your lap: it claims to mean well, but its actions suggest otherwise. Here’s how to improve it.

House passes CISPA in surprise vote

The U.S. House of Representatives surprised the tech industry Thursday by voting on, and passing, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) after having originally scheduled a vote for Friday. The bill was amended several times prior to the final vote.

Facebook clarifies its CISPA stance. Will the web care?

The latest tech policy debate, over CISPA has put Facebook, a supporter of the law, in the web’s crosshairs. Today it has responded with a PR-friendly argument that illustrates a level of cynicism about how our government works and who holds the power in negotiating legislation.

They can’t all be SOPA: Are webizens ready to fight with nuance?

It’s hard to be a web user, especially since the government has gotten so interested in what we’re doing online. It’s even worse when we can’t figure out who — if anyone — is actually on our side, and what terms we’re willing to live with.

It’s imperfect, but CISPA isn’t the devil in disguise

The EFF and Anonymous might have overblown the ramifications of the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 — calling it SOPA 2.0 — but that doesn’t mean the bill is well-written. However, strong support means it might be hard to stop.