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January 22, 2012

White House Opposes DNS Blocking in SOPA

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By: Fahmida Y. Rashid, eWeek

A day after the primary house sponsor of the controversial online piracy bill said he was dropping DNS blocking from the legislation the White House said it would not support any legislation that tampered with the naming system. Opponents of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act circulating in the House of Representatives got a boost after the White House said it would not support any legislation that would result in online censorship or posed cyber-security risks to the Internet’s infrastructure. The Obama administration was concerned about proposed legislation that sought to “tamper” with the Internet by manipulating the Domain Name System, according to a letter released Jan. 14. DNS-filtering could pose a “real risk” to cyber-security and was not the way to fight online piracy, wrote White House cyber-security coordinator Howard Schmidt; Victoria Espinel, intellectual property enforcement coordinator; and Aneesh Chopra, federal CTO.

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