U.S. Bill Internet Kill Switch By Senator Joseph Lieberman

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02/01/2021 10:51 AM ET

U.S. Bill Internet Kill Switch by Senator Joseph Lieberman. The U.S. bill to add an Internet kill switch is picking up steam. Senator Joseph Lieberman is sponsoring it, but Americans worry that giving the Government the power to shut down online access is another step toward socialism.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recently shut off access to the world wide web to his entire country due to the violent protests. His actions have brought the recent American lawmaker’s efforts to light, and prompted a quick defense of the bill from Senator Lieberman. It probably wasn’t the best idea, in retrospect, to try and force Americans to emulate China.

“Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies — cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals,” Lieberman said. “Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have that here, too.”

Titled the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, the new U.S. bill is currently in awaiting approval in the Senate. However, the bad press surrounding a potential ‘Internet Kill Switch’ might just force senators’ hands and cause the proposal to fail before it even reaches the President. Still, Lieberman’s proposal has bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate.

It’s top contributor is Republican Senator Patrick Toomey and the other measures included in the law would, seemingly, streamline cyber-security in the United States. Among other things, the law would create a new White House office overseeing cyber-security, and would create contingency plans with ISPs in case of a serious cyber-attack. Toomey is the junior United States Senator from Pennsylvania.

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