“Nerd Lobby” Shows Muscle in Debate Over Piracy Bills

Late last fall, a select group met in the White House Situation Room to discuss U.S. Internet security and how it might falter if two anti-piracy bills being debated in Congress were to pass.

The attendees included veteran Washington policymakers and cyberdefense experts. But one person — an engineer named Dan Kaminsky who specializes in an arcane set of rules governing how people connect to the Internet — stood out.

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