We haven’t heard much from the CISPA/SOPA front, but every now and then, an eager-to-please-the-entertainment-industry representative pops up to remind us that legislation like the widely rejected SOPA and CISPA is still on the minds of some folks in Washington. One such representative, Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), is going as far to say that he doubts President Obama would veto CISPA, even though the White House has been pretty resolute about where it stands concerning current efforts to regulate the Internet.
It even went as far to directly oppose CISPA in a Statement of Administration Policy.
“[I]f we can get a bill on information-sharing to the president’s desk, he’ll sign it. I do believe that…”
As far as the motivation for Rogers’ belief, that remains an unknown, although, it’s clear he firmly believes Obama will be on CISPA’s side when everything falls into place, something the Daily Dot’s post indicates as well:
Once the “dust settles,” Rogers predicted, Obama’s only option to enforce U.S. cybersecurity will be to sign CISPA.
While trying to gauge Rogers’ motivation for his CISPA confidence, both posts point to the retirement of Howard Schmidt, the White House’s adviser on cybersecurity, as a potential reason for the White House’s apparent change of heart concerning Internet regulation, provided that is truly the case. The uncertainty surrounding the White House’s current position on CISPA has to do with the fact that Schmidt’s successor, Michael Daniel, has not made his postion concerning CISPA public.
If the White House’s position concerning CISPA and other forms of Internet regulation depends solely on their cybersecurity advisor’s recommendation, then perhaps the cries that the United States government isn’t fit to regulate the Internet are a lot closer to the truth than one might think. One thing’s pretty apparent: if President Obama does allow some haphazard form of Internet regulation pass without a veto, his stock with the free thinkers of the country would diminish even more than it already has.