DID YOU FRIGGIN KNOW THEY COULD KILL THE INTERNET?!
Apparently, they can. Or, at least, Joe Lieberman would like the ability to do so. The Senator introduced a bill today that would give the President the authority to 'seize control or even shut down portions of the internet.'
I highly recommend that you read the linked article (above). The basic gist is that, should a situation arise where there is a 'cybersecurity emergency', the government can slow down or just turn off the whole damn internet. The title says it all: the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. So, I suppose it's a good thing that this government recognizes the interwebs as a national asset, but groups are coming out of the cyber-woodwork to express their distaste of the bill.
It should be quickly pointed out that this bill is only still a bill. It is not law. It is not reality. Yet. This legislation would also create a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communication (NCCC), which would require certain groups to share information with the NCCC.
I understand the desire to safeguard information, and I understand the need for kill switches in certain situations. Like, nuclear launches, floodgates opening and closing, or...you know...literal kill switches (executions). I'm not sure the whole friggin internet is one of those situations. Though, I am quite keen to see how this will play out on the national stage. Certainly this won't go through, especially with public opinion being so starkly against it.
Needless to say, as a lover of the internet, I'm against anything that allows the government to get information from it, requires various companies to give up information to them, and allows for the possibility of a full-scale slow-down or shut down. The internet is already unreliable with upload and download speeds, not even taking into account your choice of internet connection.
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Love and Lyte,