There Is No 'Internet Kill Switch' Legislation... And Pretending There Is Distracts From The Real Debate

from the overhyped-analysis dept

In mid-June, we noted that due to all the questionable cyberwar hype, Senator Joe Lieberman had introduced a "cybersecurity" bill. We had plenty of issues with that bill, but still found it odd a week or so later, when we started getting all sorts of submissions from people saying that Lieberman was trying to implement an "internet kill switch." As bad as the bill appears to be, there isn't an internet kill switch in the bill, and so we wrote another post pointing that out.

However, it appears that the meme of an "internet kill switch" -- which apparently was first put forth by Declan McCullough -- has pretty much taken over the debate on the bill. And some are noting that this is problematic, as there are lots of real issues to be discussed around the bill, and focusing on the bogus "internet kill switch" makes it less likely those other, real, issues will get as much attention.
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  1. identicon
    JBDragon, 2 Aug 2010 @ 5:09pm

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    Like the Democrats that can't be bothered to read any bills and flat out SAY SO!!! There may not be a so called Internet Kill Switch in THIS bill, but it puts the Government is far more control that it shouldn't have, and just like everything else, before long, there's yet another bill a few years later that really does give the government a Internet Kill Switch!!! Which is a BAD thing no matter WHO is running the Government. Just to prove my point, here's a good example!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW7mOaPnYYA

    That's just sad, rush though a bill that no one has time to read, or understand, and really just don't care. I don't care what side your on, it's just plain WRONG.

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