By Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez - 07/18/12 10:49 PM EDT
The Lede: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the Obama administration to fight efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet.
The measure is a counterpart to Rep. Mary Bono Mack's (R-Calif.) nearly identical resolution in the House.
The proposals, reportedly backed by China, Russia and other U.N. members, would give the international body more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system.
The Obama administration has already strongly come out against such proposals.
The Internet is currently governed under a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives power to a host of nonprofits rather than governments.
Rubio's resolution would urge the administration to "promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today."
Rubio's resolution was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Reid talks cyber: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he plans to tackle cybersecurity before the defense authorization bill, noting that the United States faces cyber threats every day.
In an exchange with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor, Reid added he was asked to meet with CIA Director David Petraeus. While Reid affirmed his commitment to addressing cybersecurity, he did not give a set time on when the Senate would take up the bill.
House Homeland Oversight panel to look at drone vulnerabilities: The House Homeland Security Committee's panel on Oversight will examine the use of drones and whether the Department of Homeland Security is prepared to oversee them.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the Oversight subcommittee chairman, has also noted there are concerns about hackers tapping into the computer systems of drones and using them to carry out an attack. Todd Humphreys, an engineering professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is expected to describe how hackers can take advantage of the vulnerabilities in drone computer systems. Also testifying are Gerald Dillingham from the Government Accountability Office; Amie Stepanovich, a litigation counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center; and Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Hayden and Zuckerman to release information-sharing report: Former CIA and National Security Administration Director Michael Hayden and Boston Properties Co-Founder Mort Zuckerman will release a report Thursday morning at the Bipartisan Policy Center that proposes recommendations on how to improve information sharing about cyber threats between the government and industry. Also participating in the event will be former Department of Homeland Security official Stewart Baker and Benjamin Powell, former general counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Internet Defense League to launch: A host of companies, advocacy groups and lawmakers will launch the Internet Defense League on Thursday to battle policies they view as restricting Internet freedom.
Members of the Internet Defense League include Mozilla, reddit, imgur, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge.
Lawmakers who support the group include Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).
The group plans to use a "cat signal" to rally its members; its launch is explicitly timed to coincide with the new Batman movie.
"We are very happy to be sharing a launch date with Batman. Everyone who took part in defeating SOPA, PIPA & ACTA this year are legitimate real-life superheroes," the group writes on its website of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
"Sure, the film's parent company probably has bats$% crazy plans for our internet (and yes, they gave a role in the movie to a pro-PIPA Senator). But Batman? He's awesome."
For background: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the sponsor of the controversial Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), appeared in "The Dark Knight" and reportedly has a part in the new "Dark Knight Rises."
Leahy's sole line in "The Dark Knight?" "We're not intimidated by thugs."
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