US government plans for an “internet kill switch” revealed
A recent court ruling has ordered the US Department of Homeland Security to make its plans for an “internet kill switch” available to the public. The plan, orchestrated under the Bush administration, makes it entirely possible for the government to disconnect both business and private wireless networks (affecting all devices, including mobiles), in the event of a terrorist attack, or some other sort of emergency. While the entire United States won’t be affected, the “kill switch” could potentially shut down an “entire metropolitan area”, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
The US government has always asserted its belief that it should have full control over national communications during emergencies. Although this is ideally for the common good, there’s always the chance that the “kill switch” might be used to shut down anti-government protests, or the like.