Do You Believe that the Government is Pushing to Control the Internet?

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  • #103500

    Matt Langan

    Many believe that the recent cyber legislation crafted by Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut is a move for the government to make its final
    push to finally control the Internet.


    Is more government control a good thing when it
    comes to the Internet?

    Do you believe that this effort to gain control
    is really happening?

    Welcome all thoughts and comments and you can read more here:

  • #103506

    Henry Brown

    No more or No less than the government has many times in the past attempted “control”/manage various communication media (FCC) . not to mention other factors of our lives, FDA, FEMA, SEC, MMS, DOT, Dept of Labor, Dept of Education, and I could probably go on for another paragraph or so.

    MOST of S.3480 involves a whole lot more than controlling the internet… After spending some significant amount of time reading this 186 page bill can see where those who think any government regulation is bad might have some problem with a few pages of the bill.

    IMO the issue that gives a significant amount of heart burn to some is the section that says in the case of a national emergency the cyber-security officer will have the authority to insure that the internet is NOT contributing to the problem and if a section of it is, will have the authority to mandate that it be corrected…
    Would offer that this is NOT much different than TSA has the ability to shut down an airport if the risk of a terrorist event is high enough to potentially cause harm…

    Another slightly different spin on the entire bill is the commentary from Government Computer News

  • #103504

    Henry Brown

    INTERESTING Commentary from DHS via Government Information Security

    Top DHS Official Questions Creation of New Infosec Bureaucracy
    June 15, 2010 – Eric Chabrow, Executive Editor,

    The Obama administration declined to endorse a comprehensive cybersecurity bill introduced in the Senate last week, and questioned one of its main provisions to create a new cybersecurity bureaucracy in the Department of Homeland Security.

    Philip Reitinger, DHS deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday that the administration’s review of the bill isn’t complete – he wouldn’t give a timetable on when it would be finished – and thanked the sponsors for having so much faith in DHS to lead government cybersecurity activities. But he questioned provisions in the bill to create a new component within DHS that would focus on cybersecurity at a time the department seeks to address jointly physical and virtual threats.

  • #103502

    Henry Brown

    Australia’s approach to nationalized Cybersecurity

    From ITnews Australia

    Government could require anti-virus on internet-enabled machines.

    A parliamentary inquiry into cybercrime has recommended the Government appoint a Cyber Security Coordinator to lead whole-of-Government activities.

    In a report presented to the Federal House of Representatives yesterday, the Standing Committee on Communications highlighted a need to consolidate Australian security efforts.

    The Committee called for the establishment of an ‘Office of Online Security’, which would be located in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and headed by the Cyber Security Coordinator.

    Working with State and Territory governments, regulators, departments, industry and consumers, the Office would be tasked with bringing together the current “plethora” of Government organisations responsible for tackling cyber crime.

    Federal, State and Territory police, the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Australian Privacy Commissioner and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) were among the “plethora” named in the report.

    “This highly decentralised approach was regarded by some as an impediment to a nationally coordinated and strategic response to tackling the problem of cyber crime,” the Committee wrote.

    In its submission to the inquiry, Microsoft Australia recommended that Australia consider the US model of a “cyber security czar” within the White House.

    It moved to require ISPs establish contractual obligations that force subscribers to install anti-virus software and firewalls before the internet connection is established, and endeavour to keep this software up to date

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