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Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
2nd July 10, 11:17 AM
The move to shut down and regulate the Internet under a new government-controlled system has accelerated into high gear with the announcement that the government’s cybersecurity strategy revolves around issuing Internet users with ID “tokens” without which they will not be able to visit websites, the latest salvo against web freedom which, in combination with Senator Joe Lieberman’s ‘kill switch’ bill, will serve to eviscerate the free Internet as we know it.

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Only with this government-issued “token” will Internet users be allowed to “able to move from website to website,” a system not too far removed from what China proposed and rejected for being too authoritarian.

Death to the interwebzzz (http://www.prisonplanet.com/cybersecurity-measures-will-mandate-government-id-tokens-to-use-the-internet.html)


Far, far too dangerous this liberal access to free information!

Phrost
2nd July 10, 02:25 PM
Jokes aside, that's fucking frightening.

Hedley LaMarr
2nd July 10, 03:18 PM
Writing my congressman as we speak...

Ajamil
2nd July 10, 04:43 PM
How do insert coin?

This "token" will be a password, yes? Then while the idea is frightening, the implementation would be shaky.

Hedley LaMarr
2nd July 10, 04:46 PM
What happens when I steal other people's tokens?

This will be an excellent business opportunity for con artists.

Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
3rd July 10, 06:48 AM
Me no likey this one bit! First off it gives governments WAY too much power and secondly as pointed out it also gives non-state sanctioned criminals a better way to rip people off.

resolve
3rd July 10, 05:12 PM
I predict this will kill alot of e-commerce.

JohnnyCache
3rd July 10, 05:13 PM
fuckem' we'll build another one.

HappyOldGuy
3rd July 10, 05:41 PM
What is frightening is that you guys seem to be taking an unsourced editorial from prisonplanet that doesn't even reference an actual bill at face value.

Hint, token (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_token) is a basic technical term.

bob
3rd July 10, 05:43 PM
What is frightening is that you guys seem to be taking an unsourced editorial from prisonplanet that doesn't even reference an actual bill at face value.

My thoughts exactly. Prison Planet? Come on.

bob
3rd July 10, 05:47 PM
The article they actually link to puts quite a different complexion on it.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f416e31e-80af-11df-be5a-00144feabdc0.html

Arhetton
3rd July 10, 08:35 PM
this already exists for genuinely important internet authentication and they are called certificates.

"verisigned secured".

Ajamil
3rd July 10, 11:06 PM
HOG just took away our fun tokens.

Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
4th July 10, 08:15 AM
Yeah bad HOG :-(

HappyOldGuy
4th July 10, 12:06 PM
Schadenfreude. It's not just for breakfast anymore.