Sunday, January 30, 2011
Big Brother is Watching!
You probably already know that Egypt's internet was shut down. Basically the government has blocked all major service providers. The Internet service was shutdown on Thursday at 22:34 GMT, but the Noor ISP which has access to about 8 percent of the market is currently available. Well, now an American legislator is trying to ensure that the American government is able to do the same ting. Wired Magazine was informed by the bill’s sponsor on Friday that senator Susan Collins plans to reintroduce the “internet kill switch” bill to a Senate committee quite soon. According to Collins: "My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency…. It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat." I understand that cyber security is important, but this is venturing into Orwellian territory. Giving the government free reign to shut down our countries primary form of communication is simply unethical, and way to Big-Brother for my liking.