Egypt’s sudden removal and equally sudden return to the web has given open Internet advocates a stockpile of new ammunition. The first target of this arsenal will be S.3480, a new version of an old piece of (failed) legislation. The “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act” was first introduced in 2010. It didn’t work then, but Senators Lieberman (I-Conn), Collins (R-Maine) and Carper (D-Dela) think 2011 is the magic year.
This bill will hand control of privately owned computer networks over to the President during a “national cyber emergency”. There will be no court review needed for the executive branch to shut down any computers, networks and websites needed in order to “preserve the reliable operation of covered critical infastructure”...