Sunday, May 24, 2009

Should The Government Control The Internet?

This is important. The Cyber Security Act of 2009. A law that would effectively shift the rights of users and companies on the internet, into the hands of the federal government. There are substantial benefits and consequences of the bill which should be analyzed and discussed. Jennifer Granick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Steven Bellovin of the CircleID cover the specifics of the bill, and offer their own analysis as well. Below is the actual text of the legislation:

S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009

A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for other purposes.


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