Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy, shares his thoughts on the two bills currently in Congress aimed at protecting U.S. cyber infrastructure: the Preventing Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to block certain foreign web sites used to violate U.S. intellectual property law.
Bronk speaks out against these bills, contending that:
"They represent yet another attempt to legislate away the problem of digital theft with little knowledge of how the Internet, computing or even innovation works ... provisions in the bills would actually serve to derail nearly a decade's worth of security research and engineering undertaken in partnership between the U.S. government and private companies."
As an alternative, Bronk suggests the U.S. should, "locate the funds to hire 50 additional FBI cyber agents able to serve as legal attachés in foreign countries, prosecuting the most egregious IP violators under current law."
- Read Bronk"s Houston Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2011, op-ed, "The wrong way to stop online piracy."