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President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week that could give the U.S. government control over the Internet.
With the wordy title "Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions," this order was designed to empower certain governmental agencies with control over telecommunications and the Web during natural disasters and security emergencies.The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience.
Section 5.2 states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will "oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment" of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private "non-military communications networks." According to The Verge, critics say this gives Obama the on/off switch to the Web.
I'm wondering how much this has to do with the flash mobbings that have fueled a lot of Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. Everybody Twitters everybody else, and they swarm on a place in such numbers they can't be controlled.
US Gov't already has lots of control over their citizens in ways that completely embarrass the constitution.
Why not seal the deal :)
Bingo! I'm not going to get into the politics of this, but this is meant to prevent such movements from being able to organize in mass. Thus preserving Gov't control and power.
But in the constitution don't we as citizens have that right?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The right to assembly and freedom of assembly
peaceably to assemble
Brought to you by the government that can't resolve a domain name without a "www." prefix.
If they can't manage something as simple as domain names in a non-crisis situation what makes anyone think that they could manage to control the entire internet in an emergency?