Monday, March 7, 2011

Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011 -#2701 - Editorial: Internet Kill Switch Rebooted - Washington Times (2) "Kill Switch" Internet Bill Alarms Privacy Experts - USA Today

Dumb ideas never die in Washington; they’re just re-invented. One chestnut that simply refuses to expire would grant the president Mubarak-like power over the handful of private companies whose services provide the backbone of the Internet. Last month, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Independent, reintroduced legislation that had been widely panned last session as the “Internet kill switch.” Now the scheme has been re-imagined with a warm-and-fuzzy title meant to allay concerns. The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011 remains unchanged in key respects. It still gives the White House authority to declare a vaguely defined “cyber emergency” that empowers bureaucrats to issue directives to Internet companies with which they must “immediately comply.All this would be done in the name of a threat to national security that has been wildly overhyped. “We know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness,” President Obama said in May 2009 remarks on cybersecurity.  Read more.........

"Kill Switch" Internet Bill Alarms Privacy Experts - USA Today - Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics.  Proponents of the bill, which is expected to be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, dismiss the detractors as ill-informed — even naive. The bill — crafted by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Tom Carper, D-Del. — aims to defend the economic infrastructure from a cyberterrorist attack. But it has free-speech advocates and privacy experts howling over the prospect of a government agency quelling the communication of hundreds of millions of people.  "This is all about control, an attempt to control every aspect of our existence," says Christopher Feudo, a cybersecurity expert who is chairman of SecurityFusion Solutions. "I consider it an attack on our personal right of free speech. Look what recently occurred in Egypt."  Read more......

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