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Via Huffington Post:
A new Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman, proposes to give the president the authority “to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet,” according to CNET.
The authority granted to the government in the bill, known as the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA), has been likened to an Internet “kill switch.”
Should the president really be able to effectively shut down the internet? While I generally support the ideas behind the President’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, the ‘kill switch’ legislation going before the Senate for a vote in the near future fills me with more than a measure of disquietude.