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CISPA sponsor compares opponents to 14-year-olds

Grant Gross | April 18, 2013
The chief sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. Congress has ignited a Twitter storm by suggesting many opponents of the proposed cyberthreat sharing bill are 14-year-olds in basements.

Rogers also said the U.S. tech industry supports CISPA. "The Silicon Valley CEOs support this bill," he said during the Rules Committee debate. "The people who are in the business of prosperity on the Internet think this is the right approach."

Some tech trade groups, including the BSA and the Software and Information Industry Association, are strong supporters of CISPA. But several digital rights groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, are opposed, as are some Silicon Valley-area lawmakers.

President Barack Obama's administration has also threatened a veto.

Representative Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, questioned whether support in the tech industry was as strong as Rogers suggested. Many tech executives he's talked to are "fairly ambivalent" about CISPA, Polis said during the House Rules Committee hearing.

"Many of them feel it's fairly irrelevant because they feel they're better equipped to deal with threats to cybersecurity than our government," he said.

 

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