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The Internet Switch

Damn your eyes!
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It'd be interesting if there were an actual switch that could switch off the internet. Of course, being a distributed network, there can't be. But at entry points to isolated countries where there is only one effective channel, it could conceivably be possible to insert a 'switch' of sorts, along the route, to switch it off.

A progressive and relaxed enough island could voluntarily commission an artwork that involved a dramatic public display of hardware in the form of a big internet switch, that actually honestly truly would switch off the whole country from the face of the internet.

On the face of it, it would be quite sensible if this switch were never actuated - that it should be left in the 'on' position all the time. On the other hand, it could be always possible for someone to simply walk up and switch it off. The ramifications and consequences of doing so would be apparent even before the event.

Would 'guards' evolve as a civic duty, among the public? Would nobody ever actually try it? Would the country constantly find itself cut off on a Friday night after the youth of the nation had had a few beers too many? Would it become a revered and static sculpture, the inherent power receding into the latent?

Ian Tindale, Apr 24 2006

Ultimate Corporate Firewall Ultimate_20Corporate_20Firewall
somewhat related idea [krelnik, Apr 25 2006]

Baked: Egypt http://www.thestar....lug-on-the-internet
I thought [IT] had posted an idea along the lines of Shut Down the Internet or something. [rcarty, Jan 29 2011]

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       It can't possibly be a switch - a lever of some kind, perhaps, but most likely a big red button with signage saying "Don't Press!"
Jinbish, Apr 24 2006
  

       I'd turn it off.   

       Been playing with your Martix action figures again, Mr. [Tindale]?
Letsbuildafort, Apr 24 2006
  

       I swear, I will pull it!
Jscotty, Apr 25 2006
  

       We have one of these in my country.
wagster, Apr 25 2006
  

       The key element of the internet is that it is extremely fail safe. Cut off one connection and packets route through another. Cut the land lines and IP will fall back on the satellite links. Blow up every satellite dish and ham radio takes over. Destroy the antenna and you are down to RFC 1149.
Galbinus_Caeli, Apr 25 2006
  

       batteries, solar panels and hand cranks.
Galbinus_Caeli, Apr 25 2006
  

       And the internet has plenty of cranks.
baconbrain, Apr 25 2006
  

       //Egor, Thruow THE SwItch!// /\YessssthMasster!/|   

       How could there possibly be a switch? Eh?   

       No, it'd be a button. And a big red one at taht.
Dub, Apr 25 2006
  

       //most likely a big red button with signage saying "Don't Press!"// Don't make it say that or everyone will just want to press it all the more.   

       Nice to see you stop by [krelnik].
hidden truths, Apr 25 2006
  

       I think this would be good on a personal basis, like an instant impenitrable firewall. sorta like the linked idea suggests.
i-Mer, Apr 26 2006
  

       Wasn't the entire UK JANET link cut through with an axe once?
st3f, Apr 26 2006
  

       If a whole country were to decide on this course of action, there would be no need for a switch, everyone would just stop going online.   

       You could erect a statue instead, perhaps of Bill Gates being sodomised by a mighty arch-angel.   

       Of course, it's far-fetched to think that such an idea would be without opposition in any country... There's always one... At least.
Asbestos, Apr 26 2006
  

       Haha, a study of society in the shape of a giant switch. That's an excellent idea.   

       Though, I do like having t3h internets on demand. [+]
angrygoatface, Apr 26 2006
  

       I vote for this on the count of it being a great geek fraternity prank.
croissantz, Apr 27 2006
  
      
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