Congress may require ISPs to block fraud sites H.R.3817

Jeffrey Lyon jeffrey.lyon at blacklotus.net
Thu Nov 5 19:16:16 CST 2009


Net neutrality suffers another blow. I liked Congress when they had no
idea what the internet was, now they've progressed to "still have no
idea but like to pretend."

Jeff

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 7:58 PM, Steven Bellovin <smb at cs.columbia.edu> wrote:
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> On Nov 5, 2009, at 7:44 PM, Richard Bennett wrote:
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>> I think the idea is for the government to create an official blacklist of
>> the offending sites, and for ISPs to consult it before routing a packet to
>> the fraud site. The common implementation would be an ACL on the ISPs border
>> router. The Congress doesn't yet understand the distinction between ISPs and
>> transit providers, of course, and typically says that proposed ISP
>> regulations (including the net neutrality regulations) apply only to
>> consumer-facing service providers.
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>> If this measure passes, you can expect expansion of blocking mandates for
>> rogue sites of other kinds, such as kiddie porn and DMCA scofflaws.
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> It's worth looking at hhttp://www.cdt.org/speech/pennwebblock/ -- a Federal
> court struck down a law requiring web site blocking because of child
> pornography.
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>                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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