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Gingersnap
08-28-2009, 11:41 AM
August 28, 2009 12:34 AM PDT
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

by Declan McCullagh Font size Print E-mail Share 19 comments Yahoo! BuzzInternet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

"I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill."

Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill in a teleconference with Rockefeller's aides this week, but were not immediately available for interviews on Thursday.

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CNET (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html)

megimoo
08-28-2009, 11:59 AM
I wonder if perhaps this would lead to an uprising of the people in this country ?

They ,the liberals need to shut down the voice of the people that the internet has proven to be but they must be very careful !

SarasotaRepub
08-29-2009, 12:59 PM
OMG...DU would be down and the DUmmies would have
to go to their Panic Room...oh wait. :D

Lanie
08-31-2009, 08:32 AM
I do not need a big brother on the internet!