The Fandom's "Kill Switch"
Editorial By: Rainstar
For the furry fandom, the internet is our primary source of life. Without the internet, we would not be able to talk to each other (save phone calls and text messages), publish and look at artwork, or organize a convention. Many furs openly state that when their internet goes out, they are at a loss of what to do. However, the rise of internet has brought along a plethora of problems and difficulties; some of which include: viruses, identity theft, and loss of personal ambiguity. All of these cybercrimes have caught the attention of many different organizations who hope to try and protect innocent people from enduring the troubles that come with them. One particular agency has taken special notice of this area, the U.S. government.
With the internet becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and the U.S. power grid dangerously unprotected, drastic measures have been put in place to ensure the national security of the United States. Events such as the WikiLeaks scandal and rumors of terrorist sleeper programs on America’s infrastructure have sparked U.S. Congress to pass the “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act” (PCNAA). The act gives the President authority to shut down any section of the nation’s internet and power that is believed to be under attack. Quite simply, the President has been given an internet “Kill Switch.” Should the United States come under a cyber attack from a particular country, the President may give orders to internet companies to shut down all incoming information from that country. Also, the bill gives the President that power to shut the internet down completely and not allow any incoming or outgoing information whatsoever.
The bill also established the NCCC (National Center for Cyber Security) which has been assigned the task of monitoring the internet. The NCCC also can force major corporations to share their internet dealings with the agency. The goals of this organization are to monitor the internet for any harmful occurrences and to help prevent illegal funds from being electronically transferred over-seas.
What does this mean for the fandom? It means that all American furs may drop off the face of the Earth for no apparent reason. If the President and the NCCC determine that the internet is unsafe and endangering the national security of the nation, the U.S. will no longer be able to access the internet. Should this occur, we American furs will be cut off from our primary source of life in the fandom.
As a precaution, to ensure that this does not happen, furries beware of what you are posting to the internet. Should your pictures of files have corrupted material on them, you could be endangering the fandom in the U.S. Hackers beware also. Your attempt at a quick “lulz” could potentially freeze this nation in its tracks if you aren’t careful.
A Huffington Post article on the subject can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/17/internet-kill-switch-woul_n_615923.html