How to spam CISPA supporters with TMI

If it's personal information that the government wants, this site wants to help you give more awkward details than it can handle. 

 

Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Published Apr 20, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 6:13 pm CDT

Critics of the Cyber Intelligence Security Information Act (CISPA) fear that it provides the U.S. government with unprecedented access to its citizens’ private information, even if that information is completely unrelated to matters of national security.

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A new protest tool lets you go ahead and tell the government that information on your own terms.

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Meet CongressTMI.org, a one-stop site that lets users spam representatives, via Twitter or email, with embarrassing, incriminating—but presumably funny—details about their personal lives.

It’s the latest creation from the activist nonprofit site Fight For the Future, which helped organize the strike against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. Here’s what amounts to the site’s mission statement:

“Make Congress embarrassed of their support for CISPA and, well, just embarrassed period, by giving them all the awkward details of our personal lives. They want your personal data? Bury them in it.”

Users are already tweeting their representatives some utter banalities.

“I watched entire 1st season of Glee in one Saturday,” @AndrewDavies tweeted to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

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“Making chocolate chip cookies tonight,” @lonniepryor told her representative, Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

Some users are getting perhaps a little too personal.

“I made a medium sized floating offering this morning,” @tomwsmf tweeted to Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO).

Soon Congress might have to decide how to deal with TMI.

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*First Published: Apr 20, 2012, 2:19 pm CDT