Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) January 13, 2012
The maverick and outspoken founder of Collegiate Nation, also known as the "Privacy Mom" is kicking off her 2012 "Occupy Privacy" campaign by urging all college students to support the push to defeat H.R. 1981. "The bill would order online service providers to keep records of everyone's online activities, to help the government identify the web sites we visit and the content we post," says the leader of Collegiate Nation, Evelyn Castillo-Bach.
"H.R. 1981 is un-American and a direct threat to every person who uses the internet. It assumes everyone is a potential criminal that must be tracked, logged and monitored. For college students, it's a super-threat because more than anyone else they post volumes online," says Castillo-Bach who founded Collegiate Nation to protect college students from what she calls "privacy vultures."
Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com -- finds it especially objectionable that the provision that explicitly violates everyone's privacy is embedded within a bill that is intended to catch child pornographers. "Everyone wants child pornographers caught and prosecuted. But it is an insult to tell Americans that they must all give up their online privacy so law enforcement can catch child pornographers," says Castillo-Bach, who adds: "What's next? Will they want to put surveillance cameras in everyone's home to make sure no child is being exploited and abused? Any law that allows government to track innocent people belongs in countries ruled by terrorists and dictators and not in the United States."
Collegiate Nation urges all college students to visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) website where they can easily send an electronic message to their representative in Congress to oppose passage of H.R. 1981. The call to action is titled: "Don't Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You — Block the Data Retention Mandate." EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit. By mobilizing concerned citizens through its Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.
Collegiate Nation is the first and only private social network exclusively for college students. It launched in late 2009 and was reviewed by Read Write Web and the New York Times in 2010. In late 2011, the site was totally redesigned to meet the demands of its student members who wanted more features. Today, the site is open to all college students with an edu address. Collegiate Nation is known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of college students. It has banned ads, all third party apps and games because they are back doors to extracting private information. The founder of Collegiate Nation is Evelyn Castillo-Bach. She earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.