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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the law under which Aaron Swartz and other innovators and activists have been threatened with decades in prison. The CFAA is so broad that law enforcement says it criminalizes all sorts of mundane Internet -->

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Kit B. (276)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:52 am
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1. Tell Congress:
Don't Expand the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Fix It!
And scroll down to join the Internet-wide week of action by embedding our contact-Congress widget on your site.

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the law under which Aaron Swartz and other innovators and activists have been threatened with decades in prison. The CFAA is so broad that law enforcement says it criminalizes all sorts of mundane Internet use: Potentially even breaking a website's fine print terms of service agreement. Don't set up a Myspace page for your cat. Don't fudge your height on a dating site. Don't share your Facebook password with anybody: You could be committing a federal crime. (Read more here.)

It's the vagueness and over breadth of this law that allows prosecutors to go after people like Aaron Swartz, who tragically committed suicide earlier this year. The government threatened to jail him for decades for downloading academic articles from the website JSTOR.

Since Aaron's death, activists have cried out for reform of the CFAA. But members of the House Judiciary Committee are actually floating a proposal to expand and strengthen it -- that could come up for a vote as soon as April 10th! (Read more here.)

Add your name at right to join us in telling Congress to defeat the bill to expand the CFAA, and to pass a law to reform it to protect innovators and ordinary Internet users. If you have a website, please consider embedding our banner or widget on your site to encourage your visitors to join the cause.

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:41 am
already signed earlier from email, thx Kit!

Sue H. (6)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:43 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Teresa W. (783)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:43 am
noted, signed and shared

Pat B. (357)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:45 am
You BET I signed.!! Thanks, Kit for this. Passing on as well.

Emma S. (239)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:36 am
Done! Thanks, Kit.

JL A. (282)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:44 am
signed earlier, noted now

Barbara K. (69)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:22 am
S & N, thanks, my friend.

lee e. (114)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 12:58 pm
S+N thanks

Autumn Away S. (151)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:06 pm
Thanks for signing.

We must secure CFAA reforms now to prevent the Department of Justice from continuing to pursue these misguided and abusive prosecutions.

Esther Z. (96)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:08 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit.

natasha AwayuntilThurs (713)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:27 pm
Done,thx Kitt.

Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 3:29 pm
I was so saddened when I learned of Aaron Swartz's death I can't tell you ~ thank you so much Kit for sharing this. Noted and signed.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 5:23 pm
Signed Kit

Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:10 pm
read and noted and signed on 4-6-13 it just chaps my butt to hear and read about anyone being locked up in prison for computer fraud and abuse and then find out about his death just sad that our government can not stand up and protect the general public shame on them.

Nyack Clancy (537)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:16 pm
Signed- thanks

pam w. (138)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:31 pm
That's just BIZARRE! signed, of course.

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:06 pm
Cheers Kit signing now

Dandelion G. (391)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:24 pm
Most certainly signed. I'm still so upset by this. This was such a preventable tragedy which cost this young man his life, his parents to loose a vibrant, intelligent, young son.

With the real criminals fleecing us at every turn and others destroying our environment that they would go after with such extremes this young man is sickening and again, shows the sinking of our Institutions to the levels of total ugliness and depravity.

"For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutorís behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way.

The "property" Aaron had "stolen," we were told, was worth "millions of dollars" ó with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar.

It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed." Lawrence Lessig Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School

"From the beginning the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. Somehow, we need to get beyond the 'I'm right so I'm right to nuke you' ethics that dominates our time. That begins with one word: Shame." Lawrence Lessing


Vicky P. (476)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:42 pm
noted and signed

Kit B. (276)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:03 pm

I thought what he had hoped to do was make things more available to public use. If you do not want the public to see or have access to your work, don't put it on the Internet. He should have been praised for his ingenious thinking not brought up on charges.

Corporations like Myriad take your blood test and without your knowledge have a patten on your genes.

A young man (Aaron Swartz) takes public information and organizes it for public use and is hounded to suicide. I wonder if there is anyone outside of that elite cadre of the 1% and inside the "Beltway" that do not see the problem here?

Constance F. (422)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:16 am
Thank you for posting ~ sure did, thank you ~ signed.

Judy C. (109)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:32 am
Signed. Thanks, Kit.

paul m. (93)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:03 am


Anna Undebeck (256)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:53 am
Thanks for signing. Thanks Kit!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:36 am

Cynthia not well (340)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:05 pm

Sharon Davidson (372)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:43 pm
sighned and passed on thanks

Lois Jordan (64)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:07 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Kit!

. (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:23 pm
Won't accept the postal code. Sorry.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:24 pm

Jeremy S. (3)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:56 pm
Willingly signed. It's a sad commentary on our society that 1984-type activities have driven what could have been a productive and valuable asset to our global community to this early and sudden end. But hopefully it will make the people in charge think twice about such rigid standards and their ruthless enforcement on people who mean no harm.

I'm not holding my breath, though.

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:20 pm

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:21 pm
Signed and noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:59 am

Shirley B. (5)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:42 am

Jelica R. (144)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:28 pm
Aaron had "stolen" scientific research reports, paid by taxpayers money. What once was considered to be a common good, became a password protected private property, exclusively for the faculty members and paying parties. He strongly believed that scientific data has to be available to researches, students and public; as it was before they were digitalized and locked behind a firewall.

Imagine a world where paper books were not printed any more, old copies have worn out, but Google and similar services "own" digitalized Shakespeare works. Will our cultural heritage be available free of charge, or will it be private asset held by some private company and, if so, who will control which books can you read? If you pay fee for a book, will it be permanent, as it is now -- when you buy a book you can read it as many times as you want it and pass it on to others -- or will you have to pay a limited time licence like you pay for software you use? ... I could go on and on, but you got a point...

Cal Mendelsohn (1070)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:08 pm
Signed and noted--thanks Kit

Dandelion G. (391)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:00 am
Please also sign:
Help Protect the Next Aaron Swartz YOU

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:23 am
Thanks for signing. We must secure CFAA reforms now to prevent the Department of Justice from continuing to pursue these misguided and abusive prosecutions.
Also signed on Dandelion's post..and shared, thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:16 am
Done, TU Kit and Dandelion

Christeen Anderson (649)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:49 am

Terry V. (30)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:26 am
R.I.P Aaron

. (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:01 pm
done..thanks Kit and Dandelion

Jelica R. (144)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:22 pm
I heard that Congress might vote on CFFA today. Please, call your representative and ask not to let this bill pass.

Laurie H. (814)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:37 pm
Very glad to Sign on & Share this one! Thank you both, Kit & Sheryl~~

Terrie Williams (799)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:07 pm
Signed, noted and shared on FB.

Devon Leonard (54)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:57 pm
Very gladly signed, thanks for posting Kit.

l L. (1)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:13 am
I signed this petition and.. I checked my e-mail and my lawmakers got back to me saying there is because of the public outcry(my words0 a vote is coming up to amend the outdated law intended in the eighties to do one thing but is so broad it doesn't apply to Aaron's case and the concern for overzealous prosecutors vses the something(con't remember , not in front of me, but you know more about this than me.. It has to do with the use AAron downloaded thisstuff for anyway being part of use of agreenment and not intent for ciber security stuff.

I am botching this. Anyway........ They will keep my concerns in mind when the vote comes up to amend this broadly written bill that was instituted in the 80's. Now on to the next thing.

l L. (1)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:16 am
BTW.. I hate this young man AAron felt it so to end his life.. if he did... May he rest in peace and condolences to his families and friends.. A shame.

Anna M. (18)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:05 am
the way the prosecutor went after Adam makes me wonder how much was paid in a backroom deal

Anna M. (18)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:05 am
my bad...I meant Aaron...just proves I cant multi-task

Mary T. (178)
Friday April 12, 2013, 2:29 pm
Thanks Kit already signed and shared.

John B. (194)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 6:44 am
Thanks Kit for the link and to Danelion for the heads up! Signed and noted.

Lisa Neste (772)
Monday April 15, 2013, 2:04 pm
Thanks for signing.

We must secure CFAA reforms now to prevent the Department of Justice from continuing to pursue these misguided and abusive prosecutions.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
IMO, they are focusing on petty scrap to harrass people wto make us stop focusing on hos they are robbing us blind..

I recently read "1984" by George Orwell.....just add internet control and there we go

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 7:33 pm
oops..sorry was typing fast in the dark..
they are focusing on petty crap to harass people to make us stop focusing on how they are robbing us...

Criage Lynnette Althage (25)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:06 pm
Thanks for posting this important petition, I only hope I signed it in time.

Nancy C. (813)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 9:44 am
Thank you for this opportunity Kit. Reasons to protect all whistle blowers and truth-seeking journalists.
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