by Dan Kaminsky and Stewart Baker, Politico
Earlier this year, the two of us, from very different backgrounds, joined together to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (and its Senate version, PROTECT IP). With a growing Internet security crisis, we agreed that SOPA would undermine Domain Name System Security Extensions, a critical security protocol for making trust work on the global scale.
We may have thrown some of the first stones, but SOPA was ultimately buried by an avalanche of criticism. Tumblr, Reddit and Wikipedia, among others, even protested by taking their sites down for a day. The effect was not subtle. SOPA is dead.
They say victory has a hundred fathers. It also has a hundred would-be sons — and “son of SOPA” campaigns have proliferated. In Europe, for example, SOPA’s defeat inspired a surprisingly successful effort to block the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Here in the United States, though, the debate has taken an odd turn. After stopping a bill that would have undermined cybersecurity, some Internet activists are now targeting bills that could actually make the Internet safer. They’re charging that bills like the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act represent stealth attempts to resurrect SOPA under the guise of promoting cybersecurity.
There are ways to address this concern, but we must remember the bigger privacy and civil liberties threat: the Internet’s insecurity. All our networks are under attack.[MORE]