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ACTION ALERT: Put Pressure on the Cybersecurity Bill Now!

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ACTION ALERT: Put Pressure on the Cybersecurity Bill Now!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation describes the situation as follows:

There's a new bill working its way through Congress that is cause for some alarm: the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The bill as it exists now risks giving the federal government unprecedented power over the Internet without necessarily improving security in the ways that matter most. It should be opposed or radically amended.

Essentially, the Act would federalize critical infrastructure security. Since many of our critical infrastructure systems (banks, telecommunications, energy) are in the hands of the private sector, the bill would create a major shift of power away from users and companies to the federal government. This is a potentially dangerous approach that favors the dramatic over the sober response.

One proposed provision gives the President unfettered authority to shut down Internet traffic in an emergency and disconnect critical infrastructure systems on national security grounds goes too far. Certainly there are times when a network owner must block harmful traffic, but the bill gives no guidance on when or how the President could responsibly pull the kill switch on privately-owned and operated networks.

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I have a better idea

Take the critical infrastructure off the net. Used closed circuit networks for that. This is a no brainer if their goal is security.

Unfortunately, this is just a fake reason to get more control of your freedom of speech.

hear, hear

why else in hell would a President need this kind of power- so far, the bill doesn't exclude communications from the authority to take control and shut down- if they're only concerned with critical infrastructure, they could exclude that. But, as Rob says, if they're concerned with security, they can improve security- without vesting more draconian powers in the latest corporate puppet to occupy the oval office- which will be passed on to his successors as well.

let your public servants know this is a no go: http://www.votesmart.org

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