Debate Club

Should the Congress Pass CISPA?

Should the Congress Pass CISPA?

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA aims to address the threat of cybercrime aimed at U.S. companies and institutions by nefarious countries and groups. The bill, which is sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republcian, allows private companies and the federal government to partner up and share information that would prevent treats to U.S. cybersecurity. It has the backing of many Internet companies, including Facebook, who protested the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, a few months ago. However civil liberty activists and Internet freedom groups oppose the legislation as it is currently written, this week launching a “week of action” to protest the bill, which Congress could vote on as early as next week.

Proponents of the bill argue that the information that private companies share is completely voluntary and will only pertain to the threat of cybercrime. Furthermore, the language of the bill was refined to narrow the types of data being shared and even states that penalties could be imposed if the information collected is used for purposes “unrelated to cyberthreats.” However, opponents argue the language is still too vague and that CISPA gives the government unprecedented access to private information. They fear that private companies will feel pressure to give up information to the government and CISPA could create a new avenue for government surveillance on private citizens. Should Congress pass CISPA? Here is the Debate Club’s take.


The Arguments

#1
210 Pts
CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

No – CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

Rainey Reitman Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

#2
182 Pts
CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

No – CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

Kendall Burman Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology

#3
154 Pts
CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

No – CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

Sharon Bradford Franklin Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project

#4
-126 Pts
CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

Yes – CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

Matthew Eggers Senior Director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

#5
-138 Pts
CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Yes – CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Cordell Carter Vice President of the Business Roundtable.

#6
-138 Pts
CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

Yes – CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

James K. Conzelman President & CEO of The Ripon Society.

#7
-140 Pts
Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Yes – Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Mike Rogers Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence


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