[cs615asa] Political Impacts on Networking and Communication

Jared Bass jbass at stevens.edu
Sat May 2 18:58:27 EDT 2020

One of the topics mentioned in the Networking lecture is that we always exist on the "political" level of the OSI stack. This has always interested me, and I try and keep up with current events. In the before time, before we went fully digital, a bill was making its way through the U.S. Congress that threated to end encryption. The EFF talks about it in their article here.


On a slightly lighter note, and another reminder that networking is more than code, nine years ago one woman took down the internet for an entire country.

Elderly Woman Shuts Down Armenian Internet - Forbes<https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2011/04/09/elderly-woman-shuts-down-armenian-internet/#6b6b9fa6409b>
Elderly Woman Shuts Down Armenian Internet. Alex Knapp Forbes Staff. Science. I write about the future of science, technology, and culture. This article is more than 9 years old.

The EARN IT Act Violates the Constitution | Electronic Frontier Foundation<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn-it-act-violates-constitution>
Since senators introduced the EARN IT Act (S. 3398) in early March, EFF has called attention to the many ways in which the bill would be a disaster for Internet users’ free speech and security. We’ve explained how the EARN IT Act could be used to drastically undermine encryption. Although the bill...

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