Protecting Internet By Shutting It Down

The title, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, say sponsors and Senators led by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., and Federal Financial Management Subcommittee Chairman Tom Carper, D-De, is essential because they want to protect the Internet from attacks which we know are constant and threaten the Internet here in the states. The Act debuted back in June and has been tabled until now, “would create an Office of Cyber Policy in the White House with a director accountable to the public who would lead all federal cyberspace efforts and devise national cyberspace strategy.”

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Security and Trust: The Backbone of Doing Business Over the Internet
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According to Liebermann, ““The Internet may have started out as a communications oddity some 40 years ago but it is now a necessity of modern life, and sadly one that is under constant attack.” Actually, and surprising he would call this an oddity, the Internet, as we all know, started because branches of the U.S. military were not able to communicate. I suppose that is odd at some level.

What is even more odd is that this act purportedly, “is designed to bring together the disjointed efforts of multiple federal agencies and departments to prevent cyber theft, intrusions, and attacks across the federal government and the private sector. The bill would establish a clear organizational structure to lead federal efforts in safeguarding cyber networks. And it would build a public/private partnership to increase the preparedness and resiliency of those private critical infrastructure cyber networks upon which our way of life depends.
“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.”

So while forty years of Internet is being tauted as being at least partially responsible for bringing the regimes of dictators to their knees, our government needs to create legislation to curb it in hopes to help other branches of our government better communications? go figure.

Others today who came out against bringing down the Internet in Egypt featured none other than novice freedom fighter, and populist, Bill Gates, “”It’s not that hard to shut the Internet down if you have military power where you can tell people that’s what’s going to happen,” Gates said. “Whenever you do something extraordinary like that you’re sort of showing people you’re afraid of the truth getting out, so it’s a very difficult tactic, but certainly it can be shut off.”

While folks over at CNBC are saying the Economy and Earnings are trumping what’s happening in Egypt, as we see the stock market soar here in the U.S. today, estimates of 2 million people are hanging in Cairo’s Tahrir’s Square, and they are showing that the Internet still shut down there may not matter a whit when so many people are unable to feed their children. In addition, the King of Jordan sacked his cabinet because of demonstrations there, and the domino effect some of us grew up hearing about may make the Middle East and North Africa vulnerable for some time to come.


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