The anti-P2P scaremongering has reached new heights with today's House Government Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing on inadvertent file sharing, also known as the "I shared what???" problem.

Inadvertent file sharing has been all over the news in recent months. A security company supposedly found blueprints of Obama's helicopter, the First Lady's security protocol and tens of thousands of social security numbers on file sharing networks. Much of the blame for this has been laid on Limewire, with the Progress and Freedom Foundation's Thomas Sydnor recently reporting that Limewire's version 5.0 is more dangerous than ever, despite the fact that it's close to impossible to accidentally share PDF or DOC files with that version.

Limewire CEO Mark Gorton used today's hearing to point out that there are many other P2P clients out there which are not controlled by his company, according to a CBS News report.

That message seemed to resonate with Democratic congressman Bill Foster, who has been described as "more technically-inclined than most politicians" by CBS News. His idea to solve the inadvertent file sharing problem if Limewire can't solve it alone? Block Gnutella nation-wide.

Of course, being the tech-savvy physicist that he is, Foster must have quickly realized that such a Chinese firewall-like solution wouldn't really work for the US, which is why he came up with another interesting idea. From the CBS News article:

"Another option, he said, would be to create a new version of the Gnutella protocol that allowed only limited clients -- that curbed what folders or filetypes could be shared -- to connect to it."


Yep, you heard it right. Foster wants the government to rewrite Gnutella. Good luck with that.

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