US Government controlling the internet? 10 replies

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emonkies

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#1 8 years ago

The problem with giving away rights under a perceived crisis is you almost never get those rights back when the crisis ends.




Red Menace

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#2 8 years ago

The FCC voted to reclassify the internet from an information service to a telecommunications service which allows them to do whatever they want in regards to internet regulation. They've been trying to do it for years. They'll eventually get it done and we'll just take it.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/computers/3818-fcc-moves-to-regulate-the-internet


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gravy666

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#3 8 years ago

Basically, the United States government wants to be able to put the country in lockdown and prevent any important information from getting into the wrong hands. Just imagine how helpful it would be for an invasive force if some dumbshits tweeted about the events going on around them -- if they revealed enough information about themselves, the attackers would have sensitive information to use in their own favor.

And, of course, there's the chance that a double agent would leak information through the Internet.

Besides, in this day and age, it wouldn't surprise me if the government would want to free up the airwaves for the military to use. I don't know much about it, but I think part of the reason that unmanned vehicles have worked so well over in the Middle East is because there's very little interference.




Junk angel

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#4 8 years ago
Won't people be able to find a way around it? Or do they go straight to the source of the internet?

Naturally they will not be able to put the internet down, as that is a very decentralised network. But even if it's decentralised, there's still a number of hubs and a lot of them are in the US.

The US g might only be able to killswitch the hardware within their borders, but that would be a serious hit for worldwide internet and one can assume that is the very reason why they would not be able to implement such a rule. Enterprises, banks and a lot of institutions would make sure that this switch is never pressed as the repercussions would be far worse than anything anyone would be able to do.




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#5 8 years ago

Well, if it's beneficial for USA, then it could be for terrorism too. If they hack and use that switch to perform an attack, then the USA is pretty much f...arted . No ?




AlDaja

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#6 8 years ago

Ah yes...the little prevision Mr. Vice President Biden managed to slip in when everyone's attention was diverted to the BP spill. I chuckle. The same assholes run the country that ran it the last 8 years - only worse.:lulz:




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#7 8 years ago

As Biden would say, the Internet is "a big fucking deal."




NiteStryker

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#8 8 years ago

I can see no benefit to the general population to enable the President to shut down the internet. This is not a good idea.

I dont see the US becoming a police state, but I dont like the potential ability to exist.




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#9 8 years ago
Embee;5344842Maybe they even know what I'm writing here now.

Very possible, since this forum can be viewed without logging in.

In any case, other countries use the internet. I think nations like China, Japan, Korea, etc, would be very angry if the US shut down the intertubes on them. Would be cause for war, methinks. Need the WoW.

I tend to agree with Junk angel, as well. Too much commerce is done online these days. Shutting down the entire net, even just within our country, would grossly affect economies both here and abroad.




emonkies

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#10 8 years ago

15 million WoW users is not a force to be underestimated. :D




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