Yesterday, in a mostly partisan vote of 215 to 205, the US House of Representatives voted to roll back our online privacy protections from ISPs. This vote followed the recent Senate vote of 50 to 48 for S.J.Res. 34.
The entire Massachusetts delegation voted against it, but both votes were close. It is likely that Trump will sign it into law.
A big thanks to everyone who called their representative to urge them to oppose this bill and contacted their friends to call their representatives.
We encourage everyone to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and TorrentFreak has a useful review of some of them. Cryptoparties are a great place to learn about how to use them and there is one tonight from 6-9pm at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville and Friday 6-8pm at Lamont Forum Room, Lamont Library in Harvard Yard (the corner of Quincy & Harvard St), Cambridge. You can find out about more upcoming cryptoparties at cryptoparty.in or by joining our cryptoparty mailing list.
VPNs are not enough, as Kade Crockford of the ACLU said in her LibrePlanet keynote talk last Saturday. Technical solutions only go so far. They require that people devote the time to setting them up and using them reliably which isn’t an easy thing for many busy people. We cannot stop advocating politically, running candidates who live our values and engaging in direct action where needed.
Our conference on April 29th will be a great opportunity to continue to win back our privacy rights. We encourage you to join us and look forward to talking with you then.