In case we thought the “Series of Tubes …

In case we thought the “Series of Tubes” incident was a statistical outlier, the US Congress has just passed legislation that proves that a majority all of them don’t understand the internet on a fundamental level.

Senator and Presidential-hopeful John McCain has managed to get a new bill signed into law, in the hope of ridding online social networks of the sexual predation of children. The ‘Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008,’ as it is called, calls for a database to be made in which all registered sexual offenders must also register their e-mail addresses so that MySpace, Facebook, etc. can run current and hopeful users through it, and eliminate access to the offenders. Though a noble goal, this is not very well thought out in methodology. They are asking known criminals to be honest, and are expecting them not to utilize any of the free and readily available e-mail services that exist so as to circumvent the system. There is also a potential for the crafty sex offender to possibly cause false positives by just registering an address that does not belong to them, thereby drawing in innocent bystanders.”

That’s a pretty good summation of all the things wrong with it.

Now, as for what’s wrong with the above article: as linked above, the thing passed the Senate unanimously meaning that if either Obama or McCain were even present for voting, they both would have voted for it. And, of course, it was introduced by Chuck Schumer (guess the party – NY). As KdT says, “*spit*”.’

Edit: As noted on the above govtrack page, among the 20 co-sponsors (a fifth of the whole legislative body) are Messrs. Obama and McCain. As well as Kerry, Clinton, Feinstein, and “Series of Tubes” Stevens.