posted on Jun, 20 2010 @ 09:30 PM
First off, lets clarify what the Kill Switch would be. Its not a big red button in the oval office or war room that will instantly stop all network
capable traffic. It is a policy that would allow throttling or limitations to be put into place for data and communication restrictions.
I dont really worry too much about the government being able to completely kill the internet. Why?
Think about what makes up the internet.
The internet is just a series of routers, switches and computers all sharing information across wires, microwaves and satellites. There are 100s of
thousands of routers and switches and millions of computers just in the US alone that make up our local branch of the internet.
To connect to the rest of the world, there are 100s of thousands of miles of cables above and below ground and running along the ocean floor, as well
as linked satellites.
While countries like China have put strict limits on their internet sharing with the world, that is simply done between governments and agencies, like
Google, that control the transmission lines and satellites that are the pipeline between the countries. They "firewall" as much data transmission
as possible between two countries, thereby limiting what can be sent in or out through that firewall. This is done at the main interchanges for the
hardwires and in the software onboard the satellites. It is an effective way to limit data flow, but still data gets in and out of those countries
because the policies are not perfect and would do more harm than good if they went for a full on shut down of those transmission medias.
However, once inside the country, it is much more difficult to put those limitations down.
They could tell service providers like ATT to "shut" their digital data ports down, essentially stopping the flow of data, but that would also
interfere with their ability to provide digital phone service, since smartphones use a lot of the same technology. As well, cable providers like
ComCast can easily do the same, but they would also be putting straining limitations on their ability to provide other media and communication
Think of the Kill Switch in terms of a Patriot Act specifically for the internet. Its a tool that the government can use to exploit the flow of data
through limitations and disconnections to major areas, while still noting that it is an imperfect tool alone for the absolute collapse of information
sharing across the wire and air.