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The Kill Switch
While images of a big red button housed inside a Plexiglass case that can only be unlocked by two simultaneous key twists of top government officials seem to fit the idea of how such an internet kill switch would work, the reality is far more mundane. In Egypt's case, the internet service providers that operate within the country agree to let the government shut down the commonly-used DNS servers if they see fit to do so.
Originally posted by 2manyquestions
This is exactly why people like this need to be supported: Internet activist: Why I want to buy a Satelite - Free Internet for Everyone