Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Off Switch For the Internet?

Senator Joe Lieberman sponsored the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (SB3480) to empower the President to order Internet Service Providers to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country.  Huh?

This is in many essential ways impossible and in many other ways inadvisable.  Giving hackers or foreign governments the opportunity to trigger this action would probably be more harmful than anything else they might be able to do.

It would be interesting to ask students their perspectives on this proposal and engage in a lively discussion about it.

Library of Congress

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