Internet kill switch
Researching and reading a few articles about a possible internet “kill switch” is very interesting to me. Not only is it possible but it’s happened in other countries. North Korea, and China being a few more well known. Their “internet” is not the same internet that we use. Since these are communist countries it’s critical that the government controls why information is seen and what information is shared. They have only state run social media and news sites. The article I read talked about how Russia last year was preparing to test a state run internet to, cutting off their citizens from a flow of feee information.
Although I don’t think this would happen in the US, sadly I could see a president declaring a national security danger and “shutting off” the internet. And if this were to happen I don’t know if the laws have caught up to force him to “turn” it back on. I also think it’s kinda sad that as a society we are so dependent on the internet. The internet is such a new thing and shouldn’t be a life or death matter.
I think about the watergate scandal that forced president Nixon to resign. That story and scandal was investigated and exposed without the internet. It was all reporters digging for information and sharing it with the world through a newspaper. So when I think that we once were able to do that I know that a kill switch or not America would find ways to fight back and share the truth and information to everyone.