The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was enacted by the US Congress in 1986, in large part as a reaction to the movie "War Games" which portrayed a scenario where unauthorized computer access allowed manipulation of the national defense network. You would think as technology evolved, so would the law. To recognize the changing ways in which internet users can connect, share, communicate and voice their opinion as guaranteed by the Constitution. You would be wrong to assume this. CFAA has devolved from its goal of protecting federally maintained computers and networks to becoming a tool of persecution, intimidation, manipulation and extortion on a global scale. Not only are there criminal provisions which are abused to the maximum extent by the US Department of Justice, there are civil provisions which have allowed corporations to demand a form of monetary punishment for exposing their faults. This is a side to computer law that has not been endorsed by any other nation in this manner besides the United States.
Aaron's Law is the name given to efforts to correct this abuse of justice, after Aaron Swartz. Three versions have been introduced in Congress with no success and a fourth version is coming. CFAA continues to destroy lives and families based on an unlevel playing field. We welcome a panel of guests to demonstrate the need for Aaron's Law.
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