Friday, August 28, 2009

All Your Internets Belongs To Us, For Your Own Good

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

When Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. "We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs--from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records," Rockefeller said.

The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government's role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is "not as prepared" as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.

So they would have control but wouldn't know what to do with it? What does being secure online have to with centralized control? We would have to have some kind special registration for the internet. He he, I would be all for government run public internet if we could get real high speed broadband at say no more than 20 bucks a month. Cyber security has to with what is being protected itself notsome central gate keeper.

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