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CISPA is back, and once again the US Congress is attempting to erode human rights more in order to maintain control. The fact that those in power want to keep their power is, well, unsurprising. But the problem is that we can't just keep fighting these things. They have more money, time and power than we do, they will simply keep introducing new laws until they win. Instead, we need to use technical means to render these laws irrelevant:
* Encryption everywhere. All online communications should be done through encrypted connections. SSL is cheap, and as soon as all browsers implement SNI it's going to become even cheaper. Any communication, whether it's email, instant messages or otherwise, should be done in an encrypted way.
* Client side encryption. This is something that is easy to do technically yet scary enough that few people do it. Also called trust no one it's a way to make sure only you can decrypt your data. Encryption should be done by the client, using your password to generate a secure key. That way your host can't decrypt your information. DropBox supports it but it's not on by default.
* We need to solve email encryption. Many suggestions have been proposed in the past but they are all too cumbersome for normal users. Yet this is not a hard problem. All you need is to have email clients start having the ability to do public/private key encryption on the client side, then publish their public key through an optional header, say X-Enc-Key, then if the receiving client also supports encryption, everything is done transparently in the background. Only the very first email to a new address would need to be unencrypted, and even that could be an automatic handshake to exchange keys. No need for key distribution servers and all that manual nonsense.
* We need true anonymity. TOR is a start but if companies that claim they support Internet freedom really did, they would start hosting TOR nodes everywhere around the world to make TOR into a blazing fast anonymity network.
By the way, in the mean time, next time you go to the cinema or buy a DVD, remember that your money is going straight to finance the lobby that pays to take your freedoms away.