This is SO not cool!
U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is proposing a new bill, which will give the White House and President Obama "absolute power" to shut down the entire internet if there is "a cybersecurity emergency."
The bill, which is formally titled the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA will require that "broadband providers, search engines, or software firms immediately comply with any emergency measure or action put in place by the Department of Homeland Security, or else face fines."
Lieberman defends the bill, saying:
"For all of its 'user-friendly' allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets. Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies–cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals."
He has a point, but this also sounds like just another Big Brother tactic to limit our free speech. If there is a cyber emergency, would shutting off the internet be the wisest choice??
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