SOPA, PIPA, and Kill Switch Bill: Are They Back? Harry Reid to Push for Cyber Security

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Late last night Anonymous tweeted that the Senate was trying to sneak in SOPA under a new name, writing: "Le sigh. US Senate Really wants to go another round with the Internet?"

The hacktivist group linked to an RT story detailing Sen. Harry Reid's still secretive plans to float an internet security bill.

Though mass protest -- including a voluntary "blackout" of the web -- prompted Congress to throw out SOPA and PIPA in January, reports suggest that Reid might try to work intellectual property clauses into a new cyber-security bill.

A lot of details about Reid's plans are unconfirmed, but sources have told reporters that the measure would be similar to the Kill Switch bill -- which would grant the president the power to shut down the internet in the event of an emergency.

The wildly unpopular Kill Switch legislation didn't survive the Senate in 2011.

A House bill, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 or PrECISE Act -- would also give the the government control over large portions of the interet in the event of a cyber attack. But Reid supposedly does not think it's heavy-handed enough.

(Barack Obama has been pushing for this kind of legislation since at least October.)

Meanwhile, in the rest of the anti-IP world, activists have continued fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which they claim has the potential to deal a death blow to a free web.

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contentaxis
contentaxis

This law is definitely goingto be a curse for Internet lovers. We strongly condemn this law and want our senators not to accept even a single fraction of this law.

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hereswhattheySHOULDdo
hereswhattheySHOULDdo

"Internet Kill Switch?" Now that goes WAY to far! What they should do is come up with an alternative: go after those who take down any major or government-related website. Seriously, when will people in Washington finally wake up and LEARN?!

whoa1
whoa1

These guys are big Government thugs- they won't give up this fight now.  The very thing they intended to regulate SHUT THEM DOWN.  Now they understand the power of the Internet and the brilliant collaboration it provides.  Senator Orrin Hatch thinks the Government should blow up a few hundred thousand computers without due process- remotely.  It's going to get a lot more heated. 

http://www.dethronehatch.com/o...

Anonymous
Anonymous

Leslie, I'm sure your,

Stanford University, Stanford, Ca., 1976 B.A. in history, classics minor.

Is just the tip of the iceberg of your IT knowledge and your knowledge of the internet and how "the internet" works, and I hope that all the "misinformation" continues to make it impossible for you to regulate the internet at least not with YOUR knowledge will there ever be a regulatory body over the internet.

Leslie_phillips
Leslie_phillips

victoria - really? you are relying on russian tv for congressional information? talk about unreliable sources. i'm coms dir for the committee working on this bill. so much misinformation,  it's impossible to overcome. there is no kill switch. there is no regulation of internet or internet information. this bill is not sopa/pipa. c'mon. get real. do your job. call me for all the information you want.

sabrina D
sabrina D

It will be really bad if allcome back!!!

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Why does the President need a kill-switch? FDR did not control the radio networks that way, so why is this a must?

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