According to a speech by President Obama today, the government intends to take the issue of internet security seriously.

In short, America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.

And this is also a matter of public safety and national security.  We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power and our water.  We rely on them for public transportation and air traffic control.  Yet we know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness.

Certainly it’s true that modern life has come to depend on fast and reliable connections between all kinds of devices (not to mention my ability to Twitter about the crap of the day :-).

I’m just not so sure responsibility for it should rest with the Department of Defense.

Anyway, I can live with that as long as he’s also serious about this part of his remarks.

Let me also be clear about what we will not do.  Our pursuit of cybersecurity will not — I repeat, will not include — monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.  We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans.  Indeed, I remain firmly committed to net neutrality so we can keep the Internet as it should be — open and free.