Recently the government of the United States signed into effect a new budget measure. Even though it's primarily meant to direct government spending, it contained an unusual provision. View any place where current U.S. events are being discussed, and you probably know what I'm talking about. Of course, if you didn't then I could simply tell you. Likely, though, you have already heard. Under the assumption you have not, however, I'm talking about CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This means that law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the U.S. now have unprecidented access to data on internet usage. It goes without saying that this will make tracking down software pirates and other cyber-criminals easier. Obviously, though, some people are concerned that this authority could be abused. Need we really be afraid, though?

No need to panic, I think. Only with patience and level heads can we accomplish anything. Whatever the future holds, lashing out blindly won't accomplish anything.

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