The incredible events in Egypt, including their government’s total shut-down of the internet there is a cautionary tale for the United States because there is a bill floating around Congress that could result in the same thing here.
Sound impossible or unlikely? Let’s hope so, but consider:
- Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play, Wired magazine’s report on Sen. Susan Collins (R -ME), ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and her proposed legislation to respond to cyber attack.
- Internet ‘kill switch’–help or hindrance? cnet’s reporting on the same proposed legislation.
- Egyptian Actions Highlight Dangers in U.S. Cybersecurity Proposals over at the Electronic Freedom Foundation.
Are there work-arounds? Apparently. MediaBistro has posted How Writers in Egypt Can Beat The Internet Shutdown. Interesting, although I wonder how many in Egypt will get the info.
I don’t know about you, but this sort of thing scares me. I’m calling my representatives and telling them I’m opposed to any law that would allow any branch of government to shut down our access to the internet. I urge you to do the same. I’ll keep an eye on this issue and keep you posted as best I can.