Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Is this a surprise?

"Egypt Leaders Found 'Off' Switch for Internet." The author of this New York Times article seemed to be surprised that it was so easy to cut off the Internet. Many countries have exercised their ability to censor the  Web with seemingly little effort.
Can it be surprised that any authoritarian country that permitted the construction of the facilities to distribute the Internet connections would not have planned for its stoppage when desired?

A kill switch for the US has been proposed. Not that it couldn't be done without legislation, but the goal is to make it easier.

See this website for several Internet distribution systems. The image to the left is one of theirs. 

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