For some it’s a non-issue.
For those who spend most of their time in the blogosphere, on cell phones and social networking sites, it would be huge.
We’re discussing what happened in Egypt – how the internet was “killed”. How cell phone companies were ordered to shut down service.
Within a very short period, many were silenced.
Egypt isn’t the only country which has tampered with internet usage. Other countries regularly ban sites from internet users, sometimes erase derogatory comments about “the powers that be” and even go as far as shutting down sites.
In most parts of the world we have freedom of speech, however, if an emergency were to arise, what happened in Egypt could happen anywhere.
I don’t know about you, but I rely on the internet for a lot.
I take it for granted that the internet will always be there.
For my blogs I use a plugin for automatic backups and the information is sent to my email address. Sometimes I save the file to my hard drive, sometimes I don’t.
I have my favorite blogs I visit. I don’t know the URL for each one, but my (online) RSS feed does.
I have other sites which help me in other aspects of my life. I rely on my (online) Bookmarks to record them.
I can recall a few email addresses, but isn’t that what an online email address book is for?
My social networking sites keep a list of my friends and followers so I feel no need to memorize their user names.
Some of my passwords are written down, but some are “remembered” (online) from previous visits.
When I think about it, if the internet was “killed”, I’d be scrambling.
I might even panic.
But, it’s my fault.
I’ve put too much trust into an inanimate object which could be taken away in the blink of an eye.
How about you?
If someone pulled the “kill switch” on the internet, how would you react?
How much of your reference or backup material would be lost?
Or have you planned ahead?
Care to share?
References used to prepare this post:
- Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell Service
Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet
Obama Can Shut Down Internet For Four Months Under New Emergency Powers
“Internet ‘kill switch’ bill will return”
Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You
Freedom Box Foundation
Wikipedia – Internet Censorship
Wikipedia – Electronic Police State
Wikipedia – Computer Surveillance
In the United States for example, under the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement Act, all phone calls and broadband internet traffic (emails, web traffic, instant messaging, etc.) are required to be available for unimpeded real-time monitoring by Federal law enforcement agencies.