1984 Anyone? Today Egypt, Canada next? Could our Internet Be Shut Down? January 28, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – As internet service is cut off to most of Egypt it makes one ponder about how much we rely on the internet and our cell phones in our day to day lives; especially smart phones or iPhones.

Egypt is currently in the grips of turmoil with mass riots and protest in the street.  The government there basically like something out of 1984 has shut down communications in an attempt to get a grip on the hysteria and return order.


“The more simple the topology is and the fewer Internet services providers there are, the easier it is for any government or the telco themselves to control access into any geographical area,” he said.

Makes you think?  Makes me think anyway.

“Every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world.”

Imagine that if you would?  Could for example Mr. Harper prorogue parliament because of protests say over…the budget…maybe Tom Mulcair threatened to bop Mr. Harper on the nose so the Mounties were called out and all of our services were shut down.   Could you imagine the mayhem in Canada?

I have a few friends that refuse to go onto the net.  They refuse to buy a cell phone.   Not all of them are older.   Now I rely on the Internet for my living.   This week Google played with their algorithms which is how they rank their search results.

It’s a slippery slope and when the average person doesn’t see what the man behind the curtain is doing ….or cares, should we be surprised by changes?

Today it’s Egypt.  Tomorrow it could be us here in Canada.

What do you think my fellow Canadians?  You can post your comments below.

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