Congress Is About to Get a Shit Ton of Faxes This Week

The government is stuck in 1984, so hopefully faxes will convince them to stop CISA.

Jul 28 2015, 12:00pm

Image: Flickr/Christian Schnettelker

This week, Congress is voting on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a controversial law that privacy advocates have long protested against. What can possibly stop it? Faxes. Lots and lots of faxes.

Fight for the Future, a pro-net neutrality organization, hopes to send Congress thousands and thousands of faxes protesting CISA in a new campaign called "Fax Big Brother." You can fill out a form on their site to send a fax, or you can tweet a message and tag it #faxbigbrother. The message will automatically be sent to government officials.

The idea of faxing the government is tongue in cheek. High ranking officials appear to not really understand how modern tech like encryption works, and wide-ranging spying programs have inspired innumerable 1984 references. Since they're stuck in the 80s, so to speak, faxes are a "technology that is hopefully old enough for them to understand," the campaign's main page states.

I, for one, look forward to organizing beeper blasts and cassette tape mailing campaigns to protest future government abuses of power.