With the news that the next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack, I had this terrible thought: “If they destroy our Internets, then how are we going to get our kitten hugging puppy pictures? How? How, I beg you?”
Answer: pirate internet:
The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.
The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”
Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet.
In Afghanistan and other places (coughIRANcough) US forces are slowly spreading, guerrilla-style. That way the government can’t shut down the signal. If only they showed that much competence over here.