Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Obama is not the Digital Führer

Back in April, I posted a warning about a piece of legislation introduced to the Senate that would essentially give President Obama unilateral control of the Internet during a "cyber emergency." Now six months later, with much relief and renewed faith in humanity, I can announce that the story wasn't true.

More specifically, the bill was given some serious revisions as soon as it was opened for debate in the Senate. Nicholas Thompson of Wired's Epicenter remarked,

"In its original form, the bill did have some seriously bad ideas in it. For example, in an emergency, the president could "order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network."

He then added, "Nothing scary is granted here, and the President definitely hasn't been authorized to take over private networks, for malign ends, for fun, or otherwise."

No. Big. Deal. Also, props to Sean Fallon from Gizmodo for the cool art.

[Links: Gizmodo]

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