December 1, 2012
Darrell Issa, member of the House of Representatives, has proposed legislation entitled the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012 (IAMA) which would create “create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet” and essentially give a short reprieve from draconian regulations over the Web.
The IAMA states: “It is resolved in the House of Representatives and Senate that they shall not pass any new legislation for a period of 2 years from the date of enactment of this Act that would require individuals or corporations engaged in activities on the Internet to meet additional requirements or activities. After 90 days of passage of this Act no Department or Agency of the United States shall publish new rules or regulations, or finalize or otherwise enforce or give lawful effect to draft rules or regulations affecting the Internet until a period of at least 2 years from the enactment of this legislation has elapsed.”
Issa is also responsible for the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) that ensures protection of US copyrights and trademarks from being infringed upon by foreign-owned websites.
According to the Congressman: “After SOPA and PIPA (the Senate’s similar Protect Intellectual Property Act), it became very clear that we needed a cooling-off period to figure out a better way to create policy that impacts Internet users, job creators and all Americans.”
To bring the bill to a public forum, Issa posted a comment thread on Reddit where he invited Americans to participate in a debate over the benefits and consolations of cybersecurity legislation.
Issa explained: “I’m not advocating for no rules or laws on the internet ever. But it has been made abundantly clear to me and to a lot of other people that both legislators and regulators have gone down the road of trying to take actions that impact the Internet without knowing their full effect.”
With SOPA and PIPA, the MPAA and RIAA displayed their power over how the internet is able to be engaged. Even without those bills, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable agreed to join forces with the RIAA and the MPAA to combat piracy on their networks. This scheme, called a “graduated response”, will have internet providers spying on their users, looking for potential copyright violations. These efforts are funded by content industries that have vested interests in this policing of the internet becoming the norm.
Users who are “caught” by their internet provider encroaching on a copyrighted material can have their internet service interrupted with a notice. They will be notified that piracy is forbidden by law and their violation could mean penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement. The user will have to click through an acknowledgement of this, saying they understand the potential consequences, before their bandwidth is restored by their provider. This acknowledgement does not protect the user from future copyright infringement lawsuits.
Senators Lieberman and Collins concocted the “SECURE IT Act” that restricted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from new authority to govern cybersecurity and digital controls over privately owned power grids and internet service providers.
Obama has outlined a protocol that explains procedures that enable the military industrial complex to prevent digital attacks from foreign nations, hackers and any other definable threat to national security by specifying “constitutes an “offensive” and a “defensive” action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism, where an attack can be launched in milliseconds by unknown assailants utilizing a circuitous route.”
It is said that PPD20 directs the military to take over the internet in the event a cyber-attack is acknowledged by the President. Obama has outlined a protocol that explains procedures that enable the military industrial complex to prevent digital attacks from foreign nations, hackers and any other definable threat to national security on the internet. This “secret law” allows the National Security Agency (NSA) and Pentagon to employ armed forces to ensure American cyber-infrastructure and digital communications.
The Obama administration created the International Strategy for Cyberspace (ISC) which makes an international governance policy priority. Obama’s desire to facilitate the US government’s push toward global engagement, the ISC encompasses a new vision for cyberspace. By using economic prosperity dependent on revamping cyberspace, Obama places the need for over-reaching cybersecurity over the internet.
By militarizing the control over the web, Obama claims the internet as a “strategic national asset” malleable by the US government. Obama contended that protecting the internet will be a national security priority and that: “We will ensure that these networks are secure, trustworthy and resilient.”
Support for Big Brother controls over the internet begins with using a wide range of propaganda styles to convince the populace that this type of restriction of freedom is necessary for national security.
Eariler this month, the US and Canadian governments revealed that they will combine efforts against cyber-attacks with the creation of an action planbetween the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Public Safety Canada (PSC) to improve digital infrastructure.
In a 2011 document entitled “Beyond the Border: A Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness” this relationship was laid out for the purpose of interweaving the two nations to increase the resiliency of our networks, enhance public-private partnerships, and build a culture of shared responsibility,” according to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of DHS.
DHS has begun an initiative to purvey propaganda onto American citizens called Stop.Think.Connect. (STC). The STC have teamed with Microsoft to create public service announcements (PSAs) that convince average Americans on how to perceive the inflated threat hackers have on the US government’s cybersecurity.
Under the radar, while Americans were distracted by mainstream propaganda, the Obama administration announced that the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) would be scheming to bring governmental-controlled internet to America; an initiative called US Ignite.
US Ignite would govern digital infrastructure with the development of applications and software that would oversee health care, education and training, public safety and transportation.
US Ignite, which is a 6 year plan to create private-public partnerships (PPP) with the areas a “national security”; as defined:
• Workforce development
• Advanced manufacturing
• Public safety
• Clean energy
Focusing collaborative effort with private sector corporations and federal agencies, the goal is to “link universities and a growing number of communities with networks that are 10-100 times faster than today’s residential broadband Internet services.”
This project is funded by the NSF who will supply the academia and research necessary to improve on US Ignite through GENI and a $40 million investment. The beta-testing in certain cities right now are gathering information for the government-sponsored internet of the future.