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Submission + - White House to Appoint "Internet Czar" 1

An anonymous reader writes: The White House reports that President Obama is set to appoint a "Cybersecurity czar with a broad mandate."

The adviser will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are not final. The announcement will coincide with the long-anticipated release of a 40-page report that evaluates the government's cybersecurity initiatives and policies. The report is intended to outline a "strategic vision" and the range of issues the new adviser must handle, but it will not delve into details, administration officials told reporters last month.

Cynics are expecting the appointee to be a lawyer for the RIAA.

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White House to Appoint "Internet Czar"

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  • You know, I'm not a fan of these titles implying absolute power. A czar is like an emperor. Do we really want to give any one person absolute power over anything at all? No, and I'm fairly certain that anyone with that title in our government "Car Czar," "Internet Czar," etc., probably doesn't actually have absolute power. But at the same time, I bet there's a lot of power laying around for him to abuse.

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