GovLaunch: Molly Sauter rallies against ‘repressive’ cybersecurity legislation at SXSW

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    Corey McCarren
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    Nextgov reported Wednesday (3/14/2012) that at SXSW Molly Sauter –a researcher at MIT’s Center for Civic Media- said the fears of stereotypical hackers as portrayed by Hollywood are allowing for potentially repressive Internet regulations. The regulations, according to Sauter, could negatively impact privacy and free political speech. She says that the stereotypical hacker is nonexistent, and therefore ordinary people are getting caught up in the controversy.

    A bill sponsored by Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn) aims to give law enforcement officials more authority to protect private Internet networks, and is the type of legislation Sauter rallied against at SXSW. About the immediate need for legislation, Lieberman said:

    “We’ve got an opportunity to fix this problem before we’re attacked … I hope and pray that we deal with it and we don’t run around frantically after an attack to close loopholes we can close now.”


    Do you think that Sauter is right that legislation such as the bill sponsored by Lieberman are eroding our rights online?

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