Senate Changes Internet “Kill Switch” Bill

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Last week, the U.S. Senate reintroduced the Internet “Kill Switch” bill proposal, with changes that some lawmakers say would eliminate the threat of an internet disconnection in the United States.

The bill, which issues Homeland Security the power  to issue decrees to certain privately owned computer systems after the president declares a “national cyberemergency”, has added a new section noting that this power would not grant the authority to shut down the internet.

According to cnet, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) commented Thursday on the legislation she is sponsoring with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn). “The emergency measures in our bill apply in a precise and targeted way only to our most critical infrastructure. We cannot afford to wait for a cyber 9/11 before our government finally realizes the importance of protecting our digital resources.”

However the revised wording in the bill has caused concern for many critics of the bill, citing the language would allow the government to shutdown sections of the internet or block access to certain websites.

For more details about the bill, visit http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20033717-281.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

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