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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Would or Could the US President "Turn Off" The Internet like in Egypt?

The idea of an Internet "kill switch" is once again alive in the U.S. Congress. "The bill, which has bipartisan support, is being floated by Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee," reports Wired.com's Threat Level. "The proposed legislation, which Collins said would not give the president the same power Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak is exercising to quell dissent, sailed through the Homeland Security Committee in December but expired with the new Congress weeks later. The bill is designed to protect against 'significant' cyber threats before they cause damage." The legislation is expected to be reintroduced, after some revisions, soon.

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