First off, we would like to thank the members of our League For Gamers community who stopped by the Firefall booth at PAX East to say hi! It was great meeting you all, and we hope that our community will continue to grow. Also, a big welcome to those who recently joined LFG! Please meet your fellow LFG’ers in the Forums, and keep us posted on issues that you would like addressed.
We wanted to give you a quick update on our communication (or lack thereof) with Congressman Baca’s office regarding HR 4202, the House Resolution that will put warning labels on video games. We sent letters to Baca’s local and Washington, DC offices, and have yet to receive a response. Instead of passing around a petition, we want our LFG community to send letters to Baca’s office, explaining our discontent with HR 4204. We hope this more personal approach will warrant more attention from Baca, and we will be able to halt this bill.
We have opened a forum thread where you can share your communications with his offices, and we can gauge our next course of action should our letters not work. Everyone who sends a letter to Baca and provides a copy of the letter will receive a LFG tshirt!
Lastly, we want to spread the word about a piece of legislation that threatens internet freedom: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA HR 3523). While HR 3523 was presented to Congress back in November, it is starting to gain momentum, as companies such as Facebook and AT&T voice support. The resolution will create a privacy disaster, allowing businesses and the government to share alleged cyber threats and essentially avoid observing the 4th amendment. The shared information could be passed between agencies without obtaining a warrant. ISPs would be allowed to intercept private communications and funnel them to the government.
We will continue to monitor the progress of CISPA, and we encourage our community to keep us updated with movement on this and other pieces of legislation that will harm internet freedom.