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Syria back in the Internet: Now the question is why al-Assad threw the killswitch

Yesterday Syria fell off the Internet. Clean cut. Then it came back. Why was it cut? Why did it come back? Gyanendra kept Nepal off the Internet for months. Why did Bashar not continue what he started? Why did Assad act on Tuesday? Perhaps just from fear and a sense that the Internet is, overall, […]

Signs of desperation in Syria?

Gyanendra’s Law states that those who pull the killswitch do not remain in power too long. Supporting this thesis, Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad has kept his hands off the killswitch for the most part, except at the start of the civil war, and today. Four physical cables connect Syria to the Internet — three under the […]

What does the effect of killswitch look like?

We’ve had some discussion about the effects of killswitch on this blog. Here is a discussion about full and partial killswitch effects with some nice graphics. When you deliver nearly a third of global Web traffic, you get to see a lot of crazy stuff happen. Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global Internet traffic provider, […]

How the killswitch really works

Renesys report how Egypt went dark. They have worked out a way to tell which countries are easiest to cut off from the Internet and which are harder. How many phone calls does it take to kill the internet? It seems like an odd question to ask about a network once thought to be strong […]

Kill switch in Syria. Not only water and electricity, now Internet and 3G too

So it appears the al Assad government is becoming more like the Mubarak government. The Internet shutdown severely disrupted the flow of the YouTube videos and Facebook and Twitter posts that have allowed protesters and others to keep track of demonstrations, since foreign news media are banned and state media are heavily controlled. Both land […]

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