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Seven People Have Been Entrusted With The Keys To The Internet

Interesting, in light of the "kill Switch"

picture of the key at - http://gizmodo.com/5597964/seven-people-have-been-entrusted-...

These smart cards are the actual keys to the Internet. There are seven of them and they hold the power to restarting the world wide web "in the event of a catastrophic event."

The basic idea is that in the event of an Internet catastrophe, the DNSSEC (domain name system security) could be damaged or compromised and we'd be left without a way to verify if a URL is pointing to the correct website. That's when the holders of these smart cards would be called into action:

A minimum of five of the seven keyholders – one each from Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic – would have to converge at a U.S. base with their keys to restart the system and connect everything once again.

A minimum of five people is needed because each of the smart cards contains only a fraction of the recovery key necessary to set things right again. This means that no single person will hold all the power to resetting our little cyber world. [BBC via PopSci]

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Forgive my ignorance as to

Forgive my ignorance as to exactly how the Internet works, but it would seem to me that no one is in a position to "shut it down". What's to stop someone from starting it back up?

For example, a video can be removed, but it can be replaced. As I said before, I don't really have a handle on the Internet, but it would seem to me to be comprised of virtually millions of individuals. I understand that they need to go through a service provider, but providers are located all around the world. The most criminal politicians could do is to affect subscribers in their own nation, and possibly only temporarily until new channels are created.

There is already so much distrust of our politicians, seizing the Internet could well be their undoing. Millions of Americans are hooked on Internet connections, and that could the the straw that broke the camel's back.

Even the victims of the public schools have heard about the Nazi's book burning. Trying to shut down the Internet would be the equivalent. Only totalitarians want to stop the free exchange of ideas.

DNS is the Control Point

DNS is the internet. It is going to be so easy for "the man" to take control of the internet when every they want to.

One day dailypaul.com is going to go to nsa.gov

Wow, that's the first I've

Wow, that's the first I've heard of this...thanks for posting!

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. ("I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude"). Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 30 January 1787.

Sounds like another job for Wikileaks.

Sounds like another job for Wikileaks.

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IF there were a way to control the net,

the globalists would find that way.

I trust the ingenuity and self interest of the tech pirate community more than bureaucrat-techies-on-a-leash.

hackers are going to save the world

I mean it.