With reports of Egypt's government completing shutting down the Internet in the country, talk about an "Internet kill switch" bill in the U.S. has reemerged. Could it happen here?
The bill in question is the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a cyber-security measure introduced in June by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. It was an over-arching cyber-security measure that, among other things, would create an office of cyberspace policy within the White House and a new cyber-security center within the Homeland Security Department.
A provision that got the most attention, however, was one that gave the president the power to "authorize emergency measures to protect the nation's most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited."
Some interpreted that to mean that the president would have the authority to shut off the Internet at random. ...
A bill to provide a so-called Internet "kill switch" just won't die. It should.The bill is being floated again by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), even though a previous version died in committee. The new bill has bipartisan support; it wouldn't enable to actually kill the internet but merely shut down "critical infrastructure" in case of "a true cyber emergency," Wired was told.
It still sounds like a terrible idea. Predictably, civil liberties groups oppose the bill and we have to agree. ...
Friday, February 4, 2011
The Internet Kill Switch
In this video, a professor explains how easy it was for the Egyptian government to shut off the Internet, just by telling ISPs to stop carrying traffic. There is a bill to give our own government this ability. We should not allow this to happen. This bill will make all of us vulnerable to a cyber attack by a corrupt government.