The “Privacy is Awesome” campaign, one of the leading anti-CISPA efforts, is banking on Congress’s Memorial Day recess to encourage constituents to reach out to legislators and voice their opposition. But compared to the massive campaign against SOPA and PIPA, the campaign has been anemic, with a mere 19,000 “likes” on Facebook compared with one million for the campaign against SOPA. This raises the question: Can the one-time groundswell of opposition to SOPA be mobilized for the long haul?
The answer, I think, is to not “just say no” to bad bills but to be more proactive about getting legislation passed that embodies the values of the digital civil liberties movement. There are some great organizations and coalitions out there – the Center for Democracy and Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Digital Due Process Initiative all come to mind – who are working on doing just that.