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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

CuteSteveJobs Bwahahahah! (73 comments)

Australian cops are *dirty*

NSW!
Good cop, bad cop: how corrupt police work with drug dealers http://theconversation.com/goo...
Corruption is endemic within Australia's police agencies, and certainly within the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police, which between them cover the Sydney airports. It also embraces crime commissions and other institutions charged with responsibility for police governance on behalf of the public. http://www.expendable.tv/2011/...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/201...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/201...
Pressure grows for NSW police inquiry
Posted 8 Oct 2012, 7:18pmMon 8 Oct 2012, 7:18pm
Up to 200 police officers may have been spied on with listening devices and telephone intercepts.

VICTORIA!
http://www.theaustralian.com.a...
Victorian police corrupt: ex-judge The Australian
VICTORIA'S police force is riddled with "deep-seated and continuing corruption" that will only be flushed out by a powerful and wide-ranging royal commission. Don Stewart, one of the nation's most respected judicial figures, says Victoria Police and the Bracks Labor Government oppose a royal commission because they do not want the extent of corruption within the force made public. "They know that it would reveal what they don't want revealed," says the former Supreme Court judge and founding head of Australia's first national crime agency. Dismissing arguments that dirty police are already being driven out of the force through the courts, he says the recent convictions of senior Victorian officers on corruption charges are "the tip of the iceberg". "The arrest of some corrupt police only proves that corruption is deep-seated and continuing," Mr Stewart says in a book to be published in March.

CANBERRA!
http://www.canberratimes.com.a...
A long history of police corruption. In 1990 the AFP officer Michael Anthony Wallace was convicted of stealing $20 million worth of drugs and cash exhibits. In 1995 Standen's colleague, Alan Taciak, rolled over in the NSW Police royal commission and alleged 78 AFP officers - 15 per cent of the force - were corrupt. Taciak's allegations sparked the Harrison inquiry in 1996. Its final report, which is understood to have alleged widespread corruption in the AFP, has also not been released. The head of the inquiry, Ian Harrison, now a Supreme Court judge, said many agents escaped investigation by quitting the AFP. In 2001 Standen's former boss at the Sydney drugs unit, Cliff Foster, committed suicide while under investigation over corruption.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA!
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/...

DARWIN!
http://www.abc.net.au/local/st...
NT police oppose anti-corruption tests. The Northern Territory Police Association says it will oppose Federal Government plans to secretly test officers' integrity as part of new anti-corruption measures.

QUEENSLAND!
Queensland police misconduct files reveal corruption, favouritism, sexual misconduct http://www.couriermail.com.au/...
Queensland police tied to major drug trafficking http://www.news.com.au/nationa...

TASMANIA!
Tassie police join island corruption club
http://www.crikey.com.au/2008/...

Leave anyone out?

about a month ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

CuteSteveJobs Me too! (182 comments)

Mod up parent for truth. I've done many online courses, but I don't do the whole thing. I do what parts interest me or what I need. I also jump between courses. If something is hard listen to lectures on the same topic in other courses until I understand it. Since there's no piece of paper at the end and no need to prove myself to potential employers the usual Test BS is crap. OP's article worries me because it might sink what is a very good thing but which OP doesn't understand because it doesn't fit his own ideas about old school lectures.

about a month and a half ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

CuteSteveJobs Not her real name (160 comments)

Yes, sounds like someone has tickets on themselves. Even if she is bone fide and got top marks at college, does that really mean she will be top of her field?

about 2 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

CuteSteveJobs Paywall (213 comments)

Yes, whenever I've been googling for something and run across a paywalled ACM article on the subject I think "f*** those guys" and get my info somewhere else

about 3 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

CuteSteveJobs Crazy (334 comments)

This is getting crazy. First some spanish judge rules your right to privacy lets to stop people learning about your bad behaviour. Now this? I've a better idea. Don't let people take nude photos of you.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

CuteSteveJobs Re:Up to 11 (165 comments)

Is funny because since WWII the army has worked to get the kill rates up. In WWII only 15% of soldiers shot to kill, but they the army brainwashes them so that 90% kill. Moral. Killers. Can't have both.

And Moral and Ethical for the NSA? LMAO.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

CuteSteveJobs bleak pot (457 comments)

I want to see a bleak German Expressionist remake of Star Wars IV where we see the last days of the Death Star through the eyes of the hard working stormtroopers and officers of the empire, praying for this wretched war to be over, so they could go back home to their loved ones. Flashbacks to spousal romances. Flashbacks to their children playing on the beach. Tragic.

about 5 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

CuteSteveJobs Mixed feelings (201 comments)

As a geek I love the idea, but to the dirt poor and especially in the third world $7 could go towards more pressing needs like sanitation, clean water and medicine. There are many problems the poor of the world face. We can fix more than one problem at a time, but lack of Internet access is no where close to the #1 position - unless those kidnapped Nigerian girls can adapt a USB stick into an improvised weapon. Problem when the only tool you know how to use is a hammer every problem looks like a nail, and geeks are geeks.

PS Saw a funny motivational of this pic lamenting the poor kid was being deprived of the joys of facebook and twitter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

about 5 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

CuteSteveJobs Problem solved! (150 comments)

Male astronauts should give their shower time to female astronauts. The women enjoy the extra bathing and maybe have enough for a bath, and the men don't mind not showering anyway. You're welcome, NASA.

about 7 months ago
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Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Underground Ocean

CuteSteveJobs Re:In a perfect world (51 comments)

Sucks eh? Jupter's moon Europa has the same. LOL the Saturns trying to keep up with the Jupiters.

about 7 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

CuteSteveJobs How about? (161 comments)

How about graduates switch back to solving problems in science, engineering, health. Stuff that matters. The world needs another Facebook or another "app for that" like it needs a hole in the head.

about 7 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

CuteSteveJobs Bullshit in OP (108 comments)

> it's likely that developers will continue to explore Oculus as a gaming platform, Facebook or no.

I hate personal opinions without any basis of fact being presented passed off as statements of fact we should just accept because OP says so.

about 7 months ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

CuteSteveJobs WTF? (125 comments)

> The deal shows how serious Google is about Glass contrary to the skepticism raised by high-profiled users like Robert Scoble who spelled doom for the device.

How do you get from there to this? So they signed a deal with Ray Ban. So what? Does this suddenly mean Scoble has to publish a retraction?

More astroturfing. NSA and now this.

about 7 months ago
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Planet Mercury Has Shrunk More Than Thought

CuteSteveJobs Neil deGrasse Tyson called (58 comments)

He wants us to stop calling it a planet.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

CuteSteveJobs Modded flamebait? WTF? (200 comments)

Something is Flamebait isn't it's untrue. Here this was modded flamebait because a couple of Windoze fanboiz didn't like what my employer was doing with a rival platform. Slashdot needs to publish mods.

about 7 months ago

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IRS wants to tax Silicon Valley Free Lunches

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  about a year and a half ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The IRS wants to tax tech companies who provide employees with free food. Unfortunate timing because while the IRS looks at a new tax, the GAO has released a report criticizing the government for a high-level of waste as have Citizens Against Waste in their "Pig Book". I don't get free lunches, but what about free coffee?"
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Jail for seller if legal products used illegally

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  about a year and a half ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "WIRED reports the DEA jailed Alfred Anaya for putting hidden safebox compartments in cars. This is legal under California State Law, so they charged him in Kansas where he had never been. Prosecutors argued Anaya was the reason a local smuggling ring had evolved into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Anaya said he knew nothing about the ring or how the compartments were used, but got 24 years without parole because “He makes the drug world work." The bottom line is: Sellers must make sure customers cannot use their products illegally. Techies take note."
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App Developer reveals Massive Security Hole in Google Play

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  about a year and a half ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The Courier Mail reports a massive security hole in Google's online app store, Google Play is revealing the names, addresses and email addresses of everyone that has ever purchased an app. Sydney app developer Dan Nolan said "Every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred." He warned it could be used to track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase, saying there is no reason for any developer to have this information at their finger tips."
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Microsoft sneaks built-in advertising into Windows 8

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  about 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Rob Williams warns that Microsoft has included built-in advertising in the standard apps that come with Windows 8: Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. While advertising is a valid way to distribute free software, no one expects ads in a piece of software that they just paid good money for. There is no warning and the ads can't be disabled. Because Windows 8 signon can be tied to a particular e-mail, it allows Microsoft to do the sort of tracking Google can only dream of. Developers are already unhappy with Windows 8, and Matthew Murray questions the wisdom of Microsoft so badly neglecting its still large desktop customer base to chase tablet users: Apple didn't need to gimp OS/X to sell iPads. Has Microsoft lost it?."
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The Long Reach Of US Extradition

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  about 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The New Matilda reports how the US is now able to extradite people for minor offences, and asks why foreign governments so willingly give up their nationals to the US to 'face justice' over minor crimes committed outside US borders? Lawyer Kellie Tranter writes "the long arm of the Government is using criminal enforcement powers to enforce commercial interests at the behest of corporations and their lobbyists." A Former NSW Chief Judge said it was bizarre "that people are being extradited to the US to face criminal charges when they have never been to the US and the alleged act occurred wholly outside the US". He said although copyright violations are a great problem, a country "must protect its nationals from being removed from their homeland to a foreign country merely because the commercial interests of that foreign country." Australia recently "streamlined" its laws to make extradition to the US even easier."
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Creeping Government Surveillance Now Without Warrants [Link Fixed]

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The Age reports on creeping Australian government surveillance, beginning with the first operation launched on a baseless rumour. Six decades later the still-unaware victim read five months of transcripts with deep distress. Two decades ago few Australians would have consented to carrying a government-accessible tracking device, but phone and tablet data accessible without a warrant includes historic and real-time location data. In 2010-2011 there were 250,000 warrantless accesses by Federal agencies including ASIO, AFP, the Tax Office, Defence, Immigration, Citizenship, Health, Ageing, and Medicare. This is 18 times the rate of similar requests in the US."
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Creeping Government Surveillance, Now Without Warrants

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The Age reports on creeping Australian government surveillance, beginning with the first operation launched on a baseless rumour. Six decades later the still-unaware victim read five months of transcripts with deep distress. Two decades ago few Australians would have consented to carrying a government-accessible tracking device, but phone and tablet location data accessible without a warrant includes historic and real-time location data. In 2010-2011 there were 250,000 warrantless accesses by Federal agencies including ASIO, AFP, the Crime Commission, the Tax Office, Defence, Immigration, Citizenship, Health, Ageing, and Medicare."
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Australia flags new laws to stop Twitter Trolls (links fixed)

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has flagged new laws to end anonymous trolling via Twitter: "Twitter should reveal the identities of the anonymous trolls who are breaking the law by abusing others online." The new laws were proposed after trolls attacked Footballer Robbie Farah. Farah was later granted a special meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss his concerns about social media abuse, but today it was revealed that Farah had himself trolled the Prime Minister telling her to "Get a Noose" on her 50th birthday. In related news Roxon has posted a video attacking activist group GetUp (like America's MoveOn) for opposing her anonymity-busting Internet surveillance laws."
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Australia flags new laws to stop Twitter Trolls

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has flagged new laws to end anonymous trolling via Twitter: "Twitter should reveal the identities of the anonymous trolls who are breaking the law by abusing others online." The new laws were proposed after trolls attacked Footballer Robbie Farah. Farah was later granted a meeting with the Prime Minister to to discuss social media abuse. Ironically today it was revealed that Farah himself had trolled the Prime Minister telling her to "Get a Noose" on her 50th birthday. In related news Roxon has posted a video attacking activist group GetUp (like America's MoveOn) for opposing her anonymity-busting Internet surveillance laws."
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Australian Attorney General pushes ahead with Gov't Web Snooping

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Australian Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon has now fully backs a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite only six weeks ago saying ''the case had yet to be made." The Tax Office, the Federal Police and the Opposition all support it, with Federal Liberal Party MP Ross Vasta declaring "the highest degree of scrutiny and diligence is called for." With all major parties on board, web monitoring of all Australians appears to be inevitable."
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Australian Gov't quiety passes New Internet Snooping laws

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Yesterday Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon passed new laws allowing the authorities to "collect and keep Australians' internet records, including their web-browsing history, social media activity and emails." Roxon said the new powers will be used to find people "engaged in forgery, fraud, child pornography, and infringement of copyright and intellectual property". Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the laws went further than necessary, and the government had failed to explain why the far-reaching powers were needed: ''The European treaty doesn't require ongoing collection and retention of communications, but the Australian bill does." Ludlam said the new laws are a "lite" version of the laws Roxon had only two weeks ago promised to delay until after the next election. Australian human rights lawyer Jen Robinson described it as a "A sad day for civil liberties.""
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Ecuador grants Assange Immunity despite English threats

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "THE Ecuadorian government has announced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be granted political asylum. Before granting this, they obliged Assange to submit a large dossier setting out the grounds for his fears that if extradited to Sweden he might then be extradited to the US. Yesterday's threats by the English Government backfired and may in turn endanger their own embassies around the world, but England still threatens to grab Assange as soon as he steps foot outside the embassy."
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Australian Government drops Internet plan to spy on public... for now

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has been forced to back down on her government's unpopular plan to force ISPs to store the web history and social networking of all Australians for two years. The plan has been deeply unpopular with the public, with hackers attacking the government's spy agency. Public servants at the spy agency promoting the scheme been scathing of the government saying: "These reforms are urgently needed to deal with a rapidly evolving security environment, but there isn't much appetite within the government for anything that attracts controversy," but a document on the scheme released under the Freedom of Information Act had 90% of it redacted to prevent "premature unnecessary debate." Roxon hasn't dropped the unpopular scheme entirely, but only delayed it until after the next election"
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Six months jail for nude girlfriend Facebook photos

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "A jilted boyfriend who put nude pictures of his former lover on Facebook has been sentenced to six months' jail. 20 year old Ronnie Usmanov told police: "I put the photos up because she hurt me and it was the only thing [I had] to hurt her." The court could find only one other case where a 20 year old New Zealand man was sentenced to four months jail for a similar Facebook post.

Privacy experts say Usmanov's case has exposed the tip of the iceberg of online offences that rarely go punished, but increasingly the law is catching up. Usmanov was convicted of publishing an "indecent article". Last year British troll Sean Duffy was convicted under the UK Malicious Communications Act for mocking the deaths of several people. For American citizens convictions will be by Drone Strike. Sorry."

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Libraries baulk at Scientific American 750% price

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the publisher of Nature who took over Scientific American earlier this year has increased the price of an institutional subscription from $39.95 a year to $299 a year. A group of 50 library directors has written to the managing director of the The Nature Publishing Group calling the increase a short-sighted commercial decision that will result in many colleges canceling their subscriptions.

Academic publishers have long been accused of scamming authors and price gouging libraries, yet have managed to avoid reform. But Scientific American is a venerable old newsstand popular science magazine. Has Nature Publishing gone too far?"

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Journalist arrested over poor Facebook security

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Yesterday Australian Journalist Ben Grubb was arrested by Police at an IT Security Conference after an article Grub wrote about vulnerabilities in Facebook's privacy controls was published on Fairfax media websites. Grubb was later released, but Police have confiscated his iPad.

Late last month Police tried to force fellow Fairfax journalist Linton Besser into revealing who leaked information about corruption. At the time Fairfax Editor Peter Fray called it an unprecdented attack on the freedom of the press. Australia has no explicit right to free speech and lacks shield laws to protect investigative journalists from having to reveal sources."

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Wikileaks Founder Arrested in London

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by London police on behalf of Swedish authorities on allegation of rape. Assange has admitted that he exhausted by the ongoing battle against authorities. The Swiss Government has confiscated $37K in his Swiss Bank account. PayPal and Mastercard have frozen Wikileak's accounts, hampering Wikileaks from raising any more funds.

Meanwhile Australian PM Julia Gillard and Attorney General Robert McLelland who had publicly accused Assange of illegal acts were unable to say what laws he had broken. The Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis said "As far as I can see he hasn't broken any Australian law, nor does it appear he has broken any American laws." US Attorney General, Eric Holder said he had authorised significant actions aimed at prosecuting WikiLeaks founder but refused to elaborate. Sarah Palin called Assange "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" and Mike Huckabee said "anything less than execution is too kind a penalty". Assange will be represented in London by human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC."

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Dopey Delinquients duped by "i-Dose" Digital Drugs

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "With nothing but an mp3 player and an internet account risk-taking adolescents can legally download 'binaural' audio can downloads that claim to deliver a "high" that can mimic drugs like LSD and Crystal Meth. Prices for "Digital Heroin" range from $2.75 to $199 for the "Gates of Hades" or "The Hand of God".

Of course it's all a scam albeit a legal one: Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University, said so-called digital drugs are no more effective than listening to regular music. Right now I'm getting a flashback to the scene in "A Few Good Men" where a soldier buys a bag of Oregano thinking it is Marijuana: "So my client is a moron. That isn't against the law." I wonder if Digital Beer tastes as good as real beer?"

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Obama internet 'kill switch' bill approved

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The new "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" has been unanimously approved by the US Homeland Security committee and will be put to a vote on the Senate floor shortly. The act grants the US government powers to seize control of and shut down the Internet under a new bill that describes the global internet as a "US National Asset".

The act stipulates internet firms and providers must immediately comply with instructions by a new section of the US Department of Homeland Security, dubbed the "National Centre for Cybersecurity and Communications". The bill was introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman who argues that US economic security, national security and public safety were under threat from cyber-terrorists. Critics have called it an "Internet Kill switch" and said it is irresponsible for any one country to wield such power. Given how heavily business relies on the net, is this reasonable? Will other countries use this as cue to develop their own internet infrastructure?"

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US Internet Kill-Switch Proposed

CuteSteveJobs CuteSteveJobs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "The US President would be granted powers to seize control of and shut down the internet under a new bill that describes the global internet as a "US National Asset". The "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" stipulates internet firms and providers must "immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by a new section of the US Department of Homeland Security, dubbed the "National Centre for Cybersecurity and Communications". The bill was introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee.

Lieberman argued the bill was necessary to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people" and that US economic security, national security and public safety were under threat from "cyber warriors, cyber spies, cyber terrorists and cyber criminals". Republican Senator Susan Collins is co-sponsoring the bill. Electronic Frontiers Australia said "The internet is not a national asset of the United States ... It is an international network used by millions upon millions of citizens and it needs to remain free and available.""

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