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Think EXTREME - What would happen if the INTERNET Collapsed ?

Hi Folks,

Imagine, what happens if the Internet collapsed !

Thats not being negative but imagining the worst - preparing in case. But its not even about preparing in case, rather its about identifying how much we depend on Internet, how much our lives revolve around Internet and at times how much we breathe on Internet. The post on How Stuff Works caught my attention lately,


Absolutely interesting and understandable by a layman even.

And I really thought for a while about issues that may arise. I am sure you may be thinking that it will never happen. Even if it does not, there are lot of small issues that we can still face and needs attention collectively / individually. In the article you will find about communication errors, economic fallout, political crisis and alot of interesting theories. Let alone, it opens interesting debates on several areas in IG.

Happy Reading:)

Cheers,
Jamil Goheer

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Comment by Seiiti on February 26, 2010 at 7:53am
Hello Jamil, Tatiana, Deirdre and friends. This discussion reminded me of the very interesting exercise that was offered by our IISD friends Tony and Maja in the IGF Hyderabad.

Using scenarios to imagine different futures for the internet can tell much about our possibilities, expectations and spaces for improvement - here is one link to a related space of info:
http://www.iisd.org/publications/pub.aspx?id=1047
Comment by Jamil Goheer on February 20, 2010 at 9:15am
Thanks Deirdre for the correction.
Tatiana, no doubt we can switch to the 'old style' but as you said you cannot imagine your life without Internet, so it wont be easy to switch back to the old style. And there is much more that indicate various issues that may arise even in a partial collapse. Happy reading.
Comment by Deirdre Williams on February 19, 2010 at 12:59am
Tatiana, the link has a . which shouldn't be there at the end (the bane of my life my "most frequent mistake" :-( )
Here's a clean link which should work
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet-collapse2.htm
Enjoy it
Deirdre
Comment by Tatiana Chirev on February 18, 2010 at 9:01pm
Hello Jamil, first - I could not read the post, the page can not be found :). Before the Internet was invented we had post offices, telegraphs, landline telephones and many others that still work, so we could use the 'old style' if the Internet will collapse. Anyway, thanks for this post. I can not imagine my life without the Internet.

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