US: Obama Signs Executive Order Outlining Internet Control

[i:av3sla9z]A new executive order addresses how the country deals with the Internet during natural disasters and security emergencies, but it also puts a lot of power in the government’s hands.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week that could give the U.S. government control over the Internet. [/i:av3sla9z]

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. ... ag=nl.e703

The problem is that the Internet is by definition, supranational! How can they control the whole Net and force-display emergency messages to everyone connected if there is an emergency in the US? An emergency in the US concerns only the US, not the whole world! Even though most of the root DNS servers are hosted on the American soil, they have no right to do so. This is a continuity of what we’ve been fighting with ACTA/CISPA/etc

Does the American government consider Internet to be theirs? Or do they think that they own the world?[/b:av3sla9z]

I would have prefered if that concernd only American IPs, not every single internet user !

well said there bro :!:

ow shit…

At least that sounds better than the formerly proposed "internet off switch for emergencies"

Well, the problem is that the Executive Order itself is illegal. Since the legislature has not deemed the internet controllable in anyway through a bill (and the FCC has done so in contempt of a judicial order), the executive cannot assign itself new powers unless explicitly enumerated in an enacted law.

It’s the same thing that’s happening to Kim.Com. Hollywood had him arrested and his assets seized for a CIVIL case that has yet to even be tried in court. We have ceased to be a nation of laws.

On the positive side, there’s only 4 months of this crap left.