In first place today is a self post explaining in great detail the dangers of CISPA, including the threat to end users’ privacy and the ease of access with which the government would be able to get information from private companies who would have no responsibility to safeguard sensitive customer data.  The user who submitted the post provides redditors with an action list of how to stop CISPA being passed.  This includes a link to a petition of protest to members of Congress, contact details of representatives and the primary sponsor of the bill, and other links spreading the knowledge of and protest against CISPA.

There were 1213 comments on this link.  People are calling for similar reactions to the SOPA & PIPA acts, suggesting blackouts across the internet.  The differences between SOPA and CISPA are discussed, with many saying that the key difference is that the latter means there is no liability on the part of the companies holding our data.   People are expressing surprise and disgust at the amount of companies who support the Act, and how they seemingly don’t care about users privacy.  This is a very sensitive and relevant issue in an online community such as Reddit, so I don’t find it surprising that it has been upvoted to the top link on the r/Politics page.

Today’s second most upvoted link is an article discussing the same issue as talked about in post #6 about the bill passed through the Connecticut Senate which enables citizens to record or photograph police without interference or assault to their person, this time contributed by The Intel Hub.  As the articles are almost identical, refer to my recording cops blogpost for the summary.  This article does include some examples of police brutality caught on camera, which to me reinforces the need for this bill to be enacted.

The overwhelming majority of the 228 comments welcome the bill, with many users calling for more accountability and higher standards of policing.  Batman is brought up as a figure for police to aspire to, but a conversation is sparked as to how well-liked Batman and his actions would be in real life.  Balancing the debate, some commentators point out that cops can’t be expected to always know what the right response is in a high pressure, violent situation.  A discussion follows about what the acceptable and unacceptable mistakes are for police.  There are also a lot of comments about the current accountability of police officers in the US.

The third most popular link of the day comes from Eclectablog, with an article decrying the conservative movement for their war on women’s wombs; what the blogpost calls the ‘Battleground of 2012.’  The blog argues that the Republicans have passed numerous bills this year which have included blocking women’s access to healthcare, attacking Planned Parenthood and birth control options for women.  According to the post the motivation behind all this is to control the future by controlling women’s wombs.  It ends by urging women to stand up on Election Day and show the Republicans how they feel about this attack on their bodies and their rights.

Many of the 790 comments on this link express outrage, disbelief or cynicism at Republican actions.  Some redditors allude to this being a conservative tactic to oppress women and punish them for having sex.  The thread quickly descends into a pro-life – pro-choice debate, fluctuating between serious and abusive.  When reading this article and researching the extent to which conservative policies have spread across US states, I reacted in a similar way to a lot of these comments, shocked and outraged at this ‘war on women’ that seems to be gaining ground across the US.  Being such an emotionally charged issue it’s easy to see why it would receive a lot of responses (in the form of comments and upvotes) and make it onto the front of this page.

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