Ready to get your federal computer license?

David Hiers hiersd at
Mon Aug 31 12:48:20 CDT 2009

I guess the precedence for blocking is the way cops can close
airspace, roads, and any piece of property when needed.  If you accept
the notion that we've built private and public "roads" and "buildings"
on the "information superhighway", the notion of emergency roadblocks,
crime-scene tape, traffic cameras, and bears-in-the-air can't be too
far behind.

I didn't mean to imply that computer *users* would need a license, but
that many in NANOG would probably be considered as license candidates
by that bill. My message was sent to NANOG (which is not just your
average bunch of users) and is best understood in that context.  I may
be wrong, but I suspect that most NANOG subscribers have a security
aspect to their job.



>I must have missed something here... I cannot find in the article or the
>bill where it states or alludes to a federal computer license
>requirement for computer users.

>Is this just more fear mongering or is it in the bill? If it is ... where?

>Jason Jenisch


On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:42 AM, <Valdis.Kletnieks at> wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Aug 2009 10:59:34 +1000, Jeff Young said:
>> Having met more than a few people in government IT, all jokes aside,
>> I think they're pretty well equipped to know when and if they need to
>> disconnect from the Internet, even without an executive order.
> Department of the Interior had *how* many court-ordered disconnections?

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