Bill to Give Obama (and Future Presidents) Right to Shut Down Internet is Back in Congress

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Internet “kill switch” is coming back for consideration in the U.S. Senate. Having first been introduced last summer, the legislation, reintroduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would give the president the authority to declare “a cybersecurity emergency.”
The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act does not clearly define what would constitute a cybersecurity emergency or warrant such a dramatic, and potentially costly, move for the nation’s economy. If adopted into law, the Department of Homeland Security would be charged with establishing a list of systems and networks considered critical infrastructure that could be brought down by an order from the White House.
To justify having a kill switch, Lieberman has said: “For all of its ‘user-friendly’ allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill Will Return (by Declan McCullagh, CNET)


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