I wanted to articulate some thoughts on the situation in Egypt. One of the things that bothers me about this situation is the almost total power that governments (including the United States government) have in shutting down Internet access during a crisis of this magnitude.
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My view on the so-called “kill switch” is that it gives governments too much power over the expression of the people, especially in times of crisis, as we’ve seen in Egypt over the past few days.
I, personally, don’t want any government, including the US government to have that power. It’s simply too much power resting in the hands of people who, at times, seem bent on building their own power bases and slowly taking rights away from citizens. And I would say that regardless of whether we have a Democratic president or a Republican president, so please, no Obama bashing.
My only point, really, is that while governments are needed, and a necessary evil, limiting the power of government is in the best interests of the people being governed. I don’t want to see what is happening in Egypt happen here in the US.
And that’s my thoughts on this. No kill switch. Ever.