Bill would OK Internet 'kill switch'

Monday - 1/31/2011, 2:37pm EST

In the wake of the the massive protests in Cairo, the Egyptian government has shut down internet access.

The United States condemned this move calling it a flagrant violation of communications -- but just last summer Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced a bill that considered a internet kill switch of its own, The Hill reports

Fast Company reports that the bill -- Protecting Cyberspace as a National Assets -- says for all its benefits, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government industrial secrets.

The bill which passed the Senate Homeland Security Committee stalled when it reached the Senate Commerce Committee -- with members fighting over which panel should have oversight of civilian cybersecurity.

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