Can the U.S turn off the internet, what could the rest of the world do about it?
March 7, 2008 12:27 PM Subscribe
Internet mechanics and conspiracy: With the recent news of Pakistan somehow taking YouTube down, Swiss banks forcing U.S hosts to ban WikiLeaks, under-water cables being cut and the US government having the power to ban Cuba-related domains, I was wondering: if the U.S "turns off the internet", what could be done? How powerful is it in this respect?
posted by takeyourmedicine to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
1. Can the U.S government take down any websites it wants? Would it?
2. How easy would it be for a country (or a whole region) to quickly construct it's own insular internet (i.e. South East Asia, South America etc) using existing hardware and internet software should something happen? Should this be done now?
3. Why does China not just construct it's own internet for citizens and ban all foreign communication?
4. What can be done to preserve one-internet-access around the world?
I know very very little about computers. News/ academic articles would be great although long-winded answers here are usually pretty damn awesome. Basically, conspiracy theories/scenarios regarding the internet refuted please...