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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jul 2010 @ 3:21am

    which is why...

    ... the people in favor of this bill are in favor of having this bill "battled over" and the 'Internet kill switch' part 'taken out' then the bill passed because "its better now"....

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