Killing the Internet

June 29, 2010

An Internet Kill switch?

No, it isn’t the cousin of the Top Kill or a sibling of Dr. Strangelove’s Doomsday Device.

It’s a proposed law working its way through Congress right now.  The skinny?  It would give the President “emergency authority to shut down private sector or government networks in the event of a cyber attack capable of causing massive damage or loss of life.” Apparently, an initial draft of the bill provided the President with authority to indefinitely keep those “networks”  under Federal control.  An amendment reduced indefinite to “120 days” with additional days approved by Congress.

You can access the bill by searching for its title – Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act – in CONG-BILLTXT.

Were the Luddites really on to something?