We are sure many of you are aware of the unrest in Egypt. You must also be aware that internet access is restricted countrywide by the government. Well, US might get its own switch to shutdown internet.
As of today, according to Computerworld, “Egypt is now off the grid.” They write, “Four days after the Egyptian government ordered Internet service providers to disconnect from the Internet, the country’s last working Internet company has abruptly vanished from cyberspace.”
This is idea for the ‘Obama Kill Switch’, its a piece of legislation drafted by Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, that would offer President Obama a “kill switch,” effectively allowing him to shut down the Internet during a national emergency.
This move by the Obama Administration seems to mimic Chinese internet laws.
“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley last year.
Brandon Milhorn, counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says, ”We’re not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone… (just the) crucial components that form our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
What do you guys think of the new ‘Obama Kill Switch’ ? Another attempt by the government to show that they are in power and not the people ? Ironically, its the complete opposite of what democracy means. A word so overused and boasted by America.