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Cards Against Humanity founder threatens to publish web history of Congress members in privacy bill protest

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 COZMO    462

A bill allowing internet service providers to sell web browser history to advertisers now sits on President Donald Trump's desk : https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-privacy-cards-against-humanity-congress-internet-history-federal-communications-a7659146.html

The co-creator of the popular game ‘Cards Against Humanity’ has vowed to purchase and publish the web browsing history of members of Congress should President Trump sign a bill taking away privacy on the internet. Max Temkin, a Chicago-based designer, told The Independent that Mr Trump has signalled that he will sign it, putting him in opposition to his own campaign promises. 

‘Cards Against Humanity’ Creator Just Pledged To Buy and Publish Congress’s Browser History : http://resistancereport.com/news/cards-humanity-creator-just-pledged-buy-publish-congresss-browser-history/

NOW - here's the situation on buying the internet history of Congressmen as I understand it.

First off - this bill hasn't been signed, the data doesn't exist, and nobody knows what they're talking about. We don't know if there will be any data to buy, how it will work, or what will be available. This means you should be very skeptical of any GoFundMe projects to buy this data. They are making promises they can't possibly keep.

If and when any data becomes available, myself and Cards Against Humanity will do whatever we can do acquire it and publish it. We have a long track record of activism and spending around government transparency issues. We've donated over a million dollars to the Sunlight Foundation and the EFF.

This may take a long time. We may have to file FOIA requests. We may have to buy browsing data for Congressional office building ZIP codes and then p-hack our way to statistical significance in an attempt to fish spurious correlations out of unreliable datasets, but we've done it before.

The amount of attention this is getting is honestly starting to scare me. I know that voting this up is funny, and easy, and feels good. But even if we get this data, it's a symbolic victory at best. Our basic human rights, like the right to privacy, are being sold to the highest bidder while the best minds of our generation are here on Reddit asking pro gamers if they want to fight a horse-sized duck or whatever. Real, material change requires sacrifice. You probably can't do it on a computer. If you're frustrated with the way things are going, the incompetence and corruption of government, and the money in politics, we need to support institutions like the EFF and we need to be heard by elected officials. I really like the tool 5Calls.org. If 100 Redditors called a congressman, it would freak them out and their staff would have to do something about it. It really doesn't take much. :geek:

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 Bobbers    199

I was unhappy that Congress was NOT required to be part of the ACA legislation.

It's only fitting that, if this law is passed, that they have the same vulnerability as everyone else.

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2 hours ago, Bobbers said:

I was unhappy that Congress was NOT required to be part of the ACA legislation.

It's only fitting that, if this law is passed, that they have the same vulnerability as everyone else.

But that might expose them for looking at child porn... oh my gosh... can't have that now can we?

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 Ukshep    19,871

Too much is being passed in nations.... major shifts are never good for stability! fear is on the rise. Keep your cool people! 

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