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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Economist: Accessories after the fact

That risks damaging the internet’s vital internal addressing system, which lets people use words instead of numbers to access websites. It also clashes with DNSSEC (don’t ask), a protocol that America has long championed to increase internet security. Messing with DNSSEC could create loopholes for hackers by allowing rogue websites to pose as legitimate ones. Savvy users (who do the most downloading) will be able to bypass these filters anyway. And the bill’s vague wording leaves open the possibility that American ISPs might have to institute more intrusive forms of filtering, with the costs, performance problems and privacy issues that would inevitably entail.

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