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Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda 376

Posted by timothy
from the reasonable-measures dept.
suraj.sun points out a story at Wired that US lawmakers have revived the idea of a government-controlled "Internet Kill Switch," which reads, in part: "The bill, which has bipartisan support, is being floated by Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The proposed legislation, which Collins said would not give the president the same power Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is exercising to quell dissent, sailed through the Homeland Security Committee in December but expired with the new Congress weeks later. 'My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,' Collins said in an e-mail Friday. 'It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.'"
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Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda

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  • by Amorymeltzer (1213818) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @09:01PM (#35045734)
    It doesn't stand a chance. All it needs is for one person to compare a sponsor of this bill to Mubarak and it should be dead in the water. You can't bring something like this up right after all this tumult.
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @09:03PM (#35045748)

    I can't see any reasonable purpose for a government being able to shut down internet access in broad swathes; any internet "emergency" could (and would) realistically be handled quite well by the array of network providers involved in standing up the internet. Otherwise botnets would have killed us all long ago.

  • Re:It is just data! (Score:5, Informative)

    by mlyle (148697) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @10:22PM (#35046240)

    Name one thing you know firsthand is connected to the Internet and could result in casualties if attacked. Sure banks computers could crash, sure amazon could go down, but ICBMs are not going to launch and the power grid wont go down. If anything that could actually cause casualties is connected to the Internet then it shouldn't be.

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    This kind of stuff is getting deployed more and more.

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