Browsing All posts tagged under »internet«

Warning Shot in Libya: Kill-Switch Test

February 18, 2011 by


According to, the Colonel has dropped the hammer: Libya is completely offline. [EDIT} The Internet has been restored. Consider this a thought exercise, more new comments below. [/edit] Once again, we see a dictator going straight for the big red button marked ‘do not push’ and pushing it. To reiterate what I wrote about […]

The Limits of Cyberanarchy

February 17, 2011 by


Anarchy, as I understand it, is the political and social orientation which holds that all formalised systems of hierarchy and social control – notably governments – are axiomatically oppressive and need to be dismantled permanently. A fast way to start arguments between anarchists is to wonder aloud about the methods necessary to dismantle said organisations. […]

WikiLeaks, Dictators, and the End of the US Empire

January 30, 2011 by


The efforts of popularly ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mobarak to stabilise his failed regime are telling; particularly, his filling of the office of Vice-President. Leaving aside for the moment his choice of VP, I’d like to briefly touch on what I see as the symbolism of the move. Mr Mubarak was VP when his president, […]

Internet Kill-Switch is Last Resort

January 28, 2011 by


News of Egypt falling off the face of the internet world is spreading rapidly. Frankly, it should come as no surprise that an oppressive regime faced with uncontrollable exposure on the internet would resort to such a technique. In the mind of a dictator, turning off the internet is no different from stopping a newspaper […]

Egypt: Testing Ground for Internet Kill-Switch

January 28, 2011 by


It seems that the Egyptian government has, at least for the moment, successfully removed its country from the Internet. Quoting from One of the very few exceptions to this block has been Noor Group (AS20928), which still has 83 out of 83 live routes to its Egyptian customers…. Why was Noor Group apparently unaffected […]

Why the US Can’t Change, Part 1

January 15, 2011 by


As requested by Michael. As the revelations mount from Cablegate, it becomes ever more difficult to defend the actions of the US government. The game plan of the US government is simple: shut down the source organisation, eliminate or discredit its spokesman, and prevent dissemination of already released material. The simple-minded logic implies shutting down […]