Syria Utilizes “Kill Switch” as Internet Freedom Debate Heats Up
Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Wireless
June 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 – In the past year, there has been an extensive push for universal access to Internet, seen as the ultimate democratizing tool enabling two-way communication between governors and the governed. But the reality of a ‘digital divide’ leaves the majority of the world’s population without access to the technological infrastructure to support its use. And those who do have access are sometimes more vulnerable to restriction on political basis, as seen in the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
House Subcommittee Weighs Consequences of New Obama Cybersecurity Proposal
Congress, Cybersecurity, House of Representatives, Privacy
May 27th, 2011
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 – House Subcommittee members received answers long on ideas but short on specifics when they probed Obama administration officials during a hearing Wednesday on the President’s cybersecurity review.
The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet explored the ramifications of the Obama administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review in an oversight hearing that featured two witness panels representing federal and private interests.
‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Faces Uphill Battle in Light of Egypt Crisis
February 4th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 4, 2011 – Senate lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the President to declare a national cyber emergency and give him the power to use an internet “kill switch” which could shut down internet access nationally.