Saturday, June 26, 2010

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power
by Declan McCullagh | June 10, 2010 8:25 PM PDT

"A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.
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This is, without a doubt, one of the scariest things I've read in a long time. It's likely the worst thing that could ever happen to the 'Net. Everyone should go directly to the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA) web site and fight this.
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