Why The Internet Kill Switch Is Bad

"Egypt has an internet kill switch and they are currently using it. United States Senator Joe Lieberman wants to pass a bill that would give the President of the United States (currently Barack Obama) the ability to cut the internet during a “cyber emergency.”

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Speed-Racer4327d ago

I think a lot of people are missing the point that the kill switch is not a nationwide switch but just something to kill government online services and any private firms related to government institutions. The whole point is to protect government assets rather than trying to kill free speech.

“If the country decides to revolt, internet gets cut and the country gets sent back to the 1700’s.” … that’s very unlikely to happen. They would have too much pressure on them to pull a stunt like what happened in Egypt.

_Q_4326d ago

That and Egypt's citizens aren't as dangerous as some of us Americans. If you think about it if we got pushed into a "1700's" state...power would default to the ones with guns...scary thought...

evilmonkey5014326d ago

The thing is, the government sector is already setup to be able to disconnect itself completely from all external sources. THE KILLSWITCH IS FOR YOU! NOT THE GOVERNMENT! READ UP.

Speed-Racer4326d ago

It eventually is to protect the people of the nation but it doesn't promise and all out shut down of ISPs. It just cuts major sections that may be affected. I also think you all are blowing the whole thing out of proportion. Egypt's gov't used the shut down to hide information why the US are doing it to prevent major cyber attacks. Of course people are not perfect but I am pretty sure they would be under a lot of fire if they abused their powers.

cheetorb4325d ago

Evilmonkey is right. A killswitch is to cut off communication so you don't know what is happening in other parts of the country. You won't know what other countries are seeing. You won't know anything except what big brother wants you to know.

DanielH4319d ago (Edited 4319d ago )

The Internet kill switch has a huge effect to Egyptians.