Should a Government have the Power to Shut Down the Internet?

February 3, 2011

Tech News

With all the turmoil brewing in Egypt about whether or not their current leader, Hosni Mubarak, should continue as leader, the Egyptian government last week decided to shut down the Internet.  The shut down was not meant to punish the citizens, but rather to keep them from organizing protests.  After all, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were being used by people opposing Mubarak to organize protests and rallies against the country’s leaders.  Of course, after the Internet shutdown citizens only became more angry with the government and protested harder.  The government eventually turned the Internet back on, but it was too little too late….the people were furious!

This news story begs the question….should a government have the ability to shut down an entire country’s Internet?  On one hand, some people may argue that the Egyptian government was only protecting its people, but many others argue that it is a violation of freedom.  Today on CNN.com, a popular news website, an article entitled “Could the US shut down the Internet?” appeared.  Click here to read it or, if you prefer, check out the video below for an audio version of the story.  After reading it, please comment below with your thoughts about the pros and cons of a government having the authority to shut down a country’s Internet.  Also, if you feel it is wrong to shut down the Internet, give ideas as to how we as a country can prevent that from happening.

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187 Comments on “Should a Government have the Power to Shut Down the Internet?”

  1. Ben W. Says:

    It would be good in a way to because people would learn that internet isnt everything and it will eventually shut down

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  2. Hannah W. Says:

    I think there leader needs to bring back the internet. It will help kids in school. Also adults in work. Without internet everyone is being stop from learning and working. If people where on face book or twitter say we should start a protest. The leader should just block face book and twitter, like they do at school.

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  3. Emma D~~~:) Says:

    NO!!!~ do not shut down the internet!!!!!! I need Facebook!!!!!!!!! That is like the only way that I can communicate with my brothers and sisters that don’t live with me. I don’t have a cell phone to text them or call them so i talk to them on Facebook. Out of what I said I hope you will change your mind about shutting down the internet…(this message is to the person that wants to shut it down)

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  4. Zach K. Says:

    I think it would be a stupid decision for the government to shut down the internet, because they need it a lot for the stuff that they do to. Also the internet helps our education in America by a ton. I think that shutting the internet down here would make us have the same reaction as the Egyptians did, we would be furious , we would be protesting like crazy because people are always on face book, and twitter and if that’s taken away we’re going to be mad. That’s just my opinion.

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  5. Quentin.C Says:

    I don’t think the internet should be shut down because. Many of people need the internet for like school and businesses and etc. So if we don’t have them a lot of people might loose there jobs and kids might not learn at all. This topic is true a lot of kids do not use the internet for learning. SO if we use less internet we can make it better.

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  6. Lindsay S. Says:

    I think if the government does shut down the internet it has to be an emergency and the people must vote to decide if it is one. Otherwise I think the government should not have the power to shut down the internet! This is because it is taking a way are freedom to use the internet!

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  7. Molly Kate S. Says:

    I think its just wrong that the government has the power to shut down the enternet. The people have a right to the enternet. What if there was a big emergency that needed to be fixed involving the enternet. I also think that they should have the power to stop some things on the computer insted of the whole thing. It is not fair to the citizines to shut down or sop the enternet. WE HAVE THE RIGHT!

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  8. Nicole J :) Says:

    Think that we should not shut down the internet. Because if the internet is lost then there is no reason to have a technology special. And if there is no technology special then the people who are technology teacher will become unemployed.So that means that if there is more people unemployed then there is a lot more people looking for jobs which some places don’t have jobs for them. So no i don’t think that internet should be shut down.

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  9. Ben W. Says:

    I dont think they should because people will lose jobs and eventually go into debt and the world will be chaos. plus there are fun games and all sorts of things itcan also be educatonal for students and adults

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  10. Amaya W. Says:

    I think the only reason the government should shut down our computers is if they don’t want any workers or student to do there homework and work.

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  11. Hunter T. Says:

    Is the government going to shut down the internet Ms.
    Computerteacher?

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  12. Alexis ;) Says:

    I think the government should not shut down internet. Internet helps kids become smarter and helps them in school. If the government shuts down the internet life would be lifeless without it. The internet gives things people to do when they are bored on a weekend/weekday. We couldn’t even do class projects without computers because we need research.

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    • Hunter T. Says:

      We could still go to school and do projects with out the internet. They hav a such thing as books. I think that the government should take off the internet for about a month just to see how everything would work out. I think it’d be good for everybody to deal with life without the internet for a while.

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  13. Chaz F Says:

    please tell me how to get to your videos, and how to access my comp from home!

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  14. Darith k. Says:

    This is an absurd idea. I wouldn’t want to be an innocent bystander in Egypt, then suddenly get a very important privelage taken away. that is just not fair to the innocent. The egyptians are using the internet to organize protests, but did the President of egypt even consider the fact that ‘telephones’ and ‘walking to other people’s houses’ exsisted? I think that this might have been meant to be a punishment, maybe not. Who knows? But shutting down internet in the us… that could hurt buisnessess everywhere! and that is not okay. people depend on that internet to run things!

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  15. jabob C. Says:

    i know how hard it would be to shut down the whole internet but just think what it woukd be like without it many people would lose their jobs cause some people like my mom work on the computer like all day. people would have to live on the street so thats why it would be bad.

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  16. Kelsi J. Says:

    I think it is really unfair how the ruler of Egypt shut down peoples enternet. That was definately uncalled for. I am really glad that USA won’t shut down our enternet. We all use the enternet for homework a lot.

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  17. Julia C Says:

    it is not fair to shut down the internet. what about all of the people who arent organizing protests? you could just block all of the communicative websites but people can just make more how can you stop that? but then there is another problem. what if people arent organizing protests on sites and just use what they are suposed to do? how can you stop organizing protests?

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  18. Jonavon L. Says:

    I think it is dum to shut down the internet. People go on the internet more than 3 times a day. If they shut down the internet there will be huge riots. the riots would not stop until they get the internet back.

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  19. Chaz F Says:

    Its nice that you can unapprove and approve every comment. If iget a website, ill do the same. i hope that we can pull together, and SAVE THE INTERNET!!

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  20. Abi C. Says:

    I agree with Cole.

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  21. Anonymous Says:

    I was anomoynous sry. I still believe that it is wrong and should not be done

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  22. Cole L Says:

    I don’t think that the internet should be shut down beacuse i do my homework on it and i use it for facebook and other things.

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  23. Hayley S Says:

    I think this is unfair. People don’t just use the internet for facebook and other social networking sites. They use them for school and other resourses to help them. I really hope the united states dosen’t do that.

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  24. PaTricK U. Says:

    It is wrong to shut down the internet. Some people use the internet to contact family around the world. Give me one GOOD reason to shut down the internet.

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  25. Chaz F Says:

    Serously, just seriously? If the us shuts down he internet, waht will that acomplish? Just more angry mobs! That would just be stupid to do that. A for the egyptians, why wont he just stand down?! i mean seriously, there are probaly hundreds of people angry, and furious at the dude. I would just step down get it over with.

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  26. Mattheos M. Says:

    man, the U.S. governmant better not shut down the internet! I think that would be a big problem. I think if they shut down the internet people would be really mad because lot’s of people use the internet every day. And people use the internet for work related stuff, and if they cant work i think they would be a little upset. I know i would be!

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  27. Austin A. Says:

    Yeah I don`t agree with shuting the internet down but the government felt scared. They are in a tight position. I don`t know about anybody else but if they took away the internet to keep me and my family safe well then fine.

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  28. Anonymous Says:

    This is NONSENSE!!!! If we were to shut down the internet then people would go mad. Mad I tell you MAD! Well on the other hand it would save electricity but that’s not the point. I believe that we should not stop our internet.

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  29. Rachel L Says:

    Them shutting down the internet was so uncalled for. If the dictator just gave up his thrown to someone else all this would be solved! Shuting down the internet for some people is like taking away their lifes. Its a really good thing that the US has laws that prevent this from happening here.

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  30. Abi C. Says:

    I think this is unfair.Why would they take away the internet,its practicly taking away their freedom. If we had no internet this class would be extreamly boring.

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  31. Kalista K Says:

    i definaltley agree with bella.

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  32. Cassandra.C Says:

    sorry but thats what i think. i kindea get cause then we couldnt get attacked on the computer. atleast that wouldnt do that.

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  33. Shiane T. Says:

    The us should not shut down the internat. I agree that Eygpt did it for a good reason. If america shut down the internet, i would scream in madness.

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  34. Bella M. :p Says:

    Well I think this is very wrong to shut down the internet. These people should be mad that this guy he shut down their internet. I would be! I go on facebook like at least every other day. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if the internet got shut down, becasue it’s not like i’m on there every second of every day. I don’t think i would be as angry as these people in egypt, but it’s still not right.

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    • Kyndal P :P Says:

      I agree with you bella! They do not have the right to shut down the internet. I would not be able to live with out internet!!!

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  35. RoBbIE h :p Says:

    I think they should not get rid of th internet because of workers and other peoples everyday lives. I think is should be illegal to do any thing like that. Iff they cut my internet of i would sue

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  36. Cassandra.C Says:

    i wouldnt bemad about the internet being shut down sure it wouldnt fun but it would save alot of enery. i mean the internet isnt that great. i would kinda like the world without internet.

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  37. Adam G Says:

    i think it is wrong shut down the internet anywhere. the internet is used in many different ways. i dont think our goverment would do that but it would be horribal

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  38. Jacob C. Says:

    I think this is bad. I wonder what would happen to America if this halppened. We would have a huge riot.

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  39. CoNnOr H Says:

    The internet is not a thing so it can not be destroyed or shut down. Egypt shut down they internet. Than why shound we do it.

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  40. Cristina T Says:

    Wow!! if our govement did that i’d be SO mad! Personaly i live on facebook and i have friends like cassie, hayley and kurtstie and all of us are like 75% of the time on facebook so like to go from 75% to 0% over night would be crazy! I hope our govenment never ever does this. I think with all thoose smart people out there isn’t there some thing they can think up about what we can do to help them get back on track. well i i got to say is i’d hate to live there! I’m veerrryyy happy not living in turmoil i like knowing when i canb go somewhere and a when i can’t also we are complaining about gas proces think about what their prices are now the they have less gas and it’s worth more like really don’t complain if you don’t have to. I think this is a freat wake up call to us, them and hopefully both ours and their govemement!
    well… BYEE!(:

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  41. Jessica S. Says:

    I can’t even imagen that he would do that. He really tooked off the people doing that. It’s a good thing that he didn’t turn off the whole enternet.

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  42. macey Says:

    I dont think its fair that the goverment could shut off everyones computer. what about the people who werent protesting. they might ned it for work or school if this guy is a dictator he is a bad one because if i was a dictator i would be nice so people liked me he is doing the exact opisite if he shuts off their internet.

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  43. Patrick Johnson Says:

    It’s hard to take down the internet here. Like it said, in order to take it down, you have to get all the companies to shut down. The problem in egypt wiyh our tech turning off isn’t going to happen.

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    • macey Says:

      yeah and the people in egypt probly dont have as good computers as us so it would be easier to shut theirs down and not ours becuz our comp. are smarter

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  44. Savannah J Says:

    I dont they the should shut the internet down. Its nearly impossible to shut it down. The people would be very upset cause people use the internet everyday.

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  45. Nailah K Says:

    Its wrong to shut down the internet period. There should be no reason for the government to have to shut down one of our main communication resources. We have a right to see whats going on around the world, and the internet is a major entertainment resourse also. The US better not shut down the internet anytime soon, atleast not while im alive!

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  46. Madeline H Says:

    I think that it is wrong to shut down the internet. Everyone has the right to access it anytime and anywhere to know what is going on around them. If this ever happens to us there will be many upset Americans and it would result to a bad outcome.

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  47. Madeline R. Says:

    I don’t think they can shut down the internet. It is too widespread, and too many people would protest. I don’t think they would do it in the U.S. either. Too many people depend on internet.

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  48. Anna Kathryn G. Says:

    This is ScArY…. the government should not have the right to shut down the Internet. Because even if they tried to shut it down, there will be other ways for people to put out their opinions. YOU CANNOT STOP PEOPLE MAN!!!!!!!!!! FIGHT THE MAN!!!!!!

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  49. Cody Haithcock Says:

    I dont think the internet should ever be shut down. I think that because it would screw up education. Most people in the country uses the internet online or for business. It would make a very big crisis in america and people would not be to happy.

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  50. "ALEXIS DAYE" Says:

    i dont think a government should have the power to shut down the internet nd the us becuase people in the us would go super crazy if we had our internet shut down by the government.! so government if iwas you i would not shut down US internet !

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  51. Matthew T Says:

    The internet could not possible be turned off. It is too big of a thing to just be shutdown. The people of america would not be happy at all if we did that. It would be a huge rights issue becasue we have so mucgh of our information on the internet.

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  52. Wesley Says:

    I think that it is wrong for Egyptian government officials to shut down the internet, if someone di that in the US i would be really mad.

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  53. Jared Says:

    it is incredible and scary that the USA could just randomly shut down the internet!!!

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  54. Ben A Says:

    The internet is not a thing so it can not be destroyed or shut down. The internet is wherever two or more computers are linked together. it would be imposable to get rid o it

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  55. kevin Says:

    i think its wrong to shut down the internet for broadcasting reasons because people have a right to see what is happening in the world.

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  56. Alex Green Says:

    I think Egypt should not shut down the internet. If the internet did shut down everbody in the US and else where will be protesting and are would be wanting the internet to come back on. If this did happen we would figure out how to fix it.

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  57. alex m Says:

    tyler why did you type “SI”

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  58. Ellie Waters Says:

    how do they even shut down the enternet

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  59. alex m Says:

    This will never happen here because in great US of A the internet is bigger. Also if the internet went down people would figure out how to fix it some how

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  60. Garrett H. Says:

    I really hope that this dosen’t happen to the US. No internet mean no fun! Also if we lose the internet none of us will be able to do work we need to do and have something to actually enjoy doing besides work.

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    • William k Says:

      I agree i hope they dont shut down the internet. We wouldnt be able to play any games on the internet or do research if they shut down the internet.

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  61. Savannah G. Says:

    I do not think that they should close down the internet. I think that they should not do it beacuse then we could not go on voyager website and then can not find out our homework. That is why i think they should not close it down

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  62. Kaitlyn A. Says:

    I think this is a bad thing. I personally think that it’s just plain wrong. If the U.S. shut down our internet, then people would be so angry! If it did happen, there would be people fighting out there…

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  63. luke goodman Says:

    if they take the internet away i would go crazy

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  64. Aminata Says:

    I think they should do that. Personally, I don’t need the computer fo games and stuff, but fo school and homework, it’s needed. they really need to think about other people and their education.

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  65. Ashlyn W. Says:

    You can’t do that, the internet is having a mind of it’s own. The shut down can cause a war. If you shut it down, millions of people have no education and millions of kids have nothing to do or no one to help with homework. We wouldn’t want that, would we? Nope, even kids would be mad!

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  66. logan s Says:

    I really dont think it is a good idea to shut down the internet. It might mess up all of the big buisinesses that run the world. it can also make car dealerships lose profits and then they wont make anymore cars.

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  67. Meg VH Says:

    That would be a big mess if America decided to shut down the internet. That would be a bad idea and would most likely cause chaos. I don’t think America should do that and I bet they won’t. We use the internet to do hommework, projects, research, and other things. It’s a need in the USA.

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  68. Maggie L. Says:

    I think that it’s stupid to block people from using the internet. When Egypt shut their internet down people just became more mad at the goverment. So shutting down the internet is the not the smartest solution.

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  69. DOM Says:

    I PLAY ON IT EVERY DAY I ALSO DO HOMEWORK ON IT

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  70. Domineke mcneill Says:

    I STILL PLAY ON THE COMPUTER

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  71. Megan H Says:

    I agree with you Dom. It isn’t fair.

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  72. Domineke mcneill Says:

    I JUST DONT THINK IT IS FARE!

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  73. Caleb T. Says:

    Shutting down the internet in Egypt is just crazy. I can’t believe anybody would do that! and no it better not happen in the US!

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  74. Marjorie W. Says:

    If they shut down the internet then the protesting will get worse! I dont know what I would do without the internet! being without the internet is like going for days or weeks without food! Shuting down the internet is wrong!

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  75. M Says:

    Ummm…. Why in the world we shut down the internet. I know that it is beacause of protests. But still, why? Do you know how hard it would be to do that though. Like think about it…. turing off the interent. Sounds crazy right?!? Yeah, i know. It is a way to communicate and research and do everthing. So, no. I do not think that they should cut off the internet.

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    • Megan H Says:

      Ummm…. Why in the world we shut down the internet. I know that it is beacause of protests. But still, why? Do you know how hard it would be to do that though. Like think about it…. turing off the interent. Sounds crazy right?!? Yeah, i know. It is a way to communicate and research and do everthing. So, no. I do not think that they should cut off the internet.

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  76. Chandler F Says:

    I think it was rude and unfair to shutdown all of their computers. Even if the people were posting rude comments online, its their actions and they have the right to do so. Im sure it made more chaos regarding to the leader and government because it made the people even more mad. It wasn’t a smart move, and its goign to make matters worse.

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  77. Mark B Says:

    I dont not think the government should be able to do that. Many people need that for school and work. people also take college on the computer, if it shut down then they couldnt take thee classes.

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  78. Hal K Says:

    It would stink for us not to have a computer to do research on. We are about to start a big project that we will need the internet for. Why would anyone think that it would be helpful in any way for us not to have computers?

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  79. savannah h Says:

    it would be horrible if internet wasshut down in the U.S. Poeple get paid to work on the internet to keep it safe and user freindly. Not only would it upset the U.S, alot of poeple who work on a computer will get layed off!

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  80. Anonymous Says:

    i would hate to have the internet shut down in the u.s

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  81. MCT Says:

    Wow! All of your posts are awesome! Good job thinking critically and sharing your thoughts with the world!

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  82. Emma O. Says:

    I think that shutting down the internet would be hurtfull and wrong. 😦 So many people use the internet every day. Adults use it at work and kids use it for homework and online sites that have fun games that they can play after they’re done with their homework or on the weekends. Why would they shut down the internet anyway? I know that it says because of the prostests, but that’s not going to stop the people of Egypt. It also says that there’s no “kill” switch, so the internet can not actually be shut down completeley. I think that the government Egypt shouldn’t have shut down the internet because almost everybody uses the internet. The government only realized that the people were even angrier and protested harder when they shut down the internet. I think that our school should raise money to help the protest in Egypt so that the people there can live a better, safer life. 😀

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  83. Jordan C Says:

    The US would never shut down the US internet. Maybe shut down certain links to prevent a cyber attack but never shut it down. I wouldn’t last a week without internet and neither would the gavernment. The president knows this would be a inapropriate action and wouldn’t do it.

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  84. Jenna L. Says:

    a thought just occured to me if we had our internet shut down we wouldent be able to chat on this website now!

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  85. Kevin K. Says:

    Every one is correct it is wrong to take away the internet from the people.

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  86. Corey H Says:

    The Egyptian government is stupid for trying to shut down the internet, the protesers just went ahead and called Europe for internet service. You can’t break the internet either because it just splits. So my question for the Egypian government is why even try?

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  87. Johnny F Says:

    I think that this is totally unfair! That there is someone who can just say, ok i am just going to turn off the internet so it I can stay in power. I think that if the goverment would be ever so stupid to do this that there would just be more protests. I don’t know what they expected to solve, they just made things a lot worse! I hope that this never happens again!

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  88. Jackson O. Says:

    I think the government shouldn’t be able to shut down the internet. this would be a tragedy for people at this time. almost all day i am using the internet in some way, if i recognize it or not. many people use the internet alot. it would completely change how we lived for however long the internet was down. most of college students have their homework, or school work on the internet, just because of how advanced our century is.

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  89. Katie M Says:

    Mandy you do have a good ponite. We should have are freedom no matter what. If a cyber attack happens then yes they should shut down the internet.

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  90. Sabrina K. Says:

    Please America, don’t shut down or eliminate the internet! besides, why would you shut it down? I mean sometimes the internet can help us understand something we don’t get better. For instance, school, kids may SAY they get it but when they do it, they need help understanding it. And when they need to practice, they sometimes need to use the internet.

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  91. Joshua C Says:

    At the same time I think shutting down the internet is a good idea and a bad idea. Like the article said, if the U.S was under a cyber attack it would be a good idea to shut off the internet. People still have freedom and taking away the internet is taking away a piece of there freedom. The way Egypt was trying to stop protests by shutting down the internet wasn’t the right approach. They shoud have listened to what the people want. 😦

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  92. Sam W Says:

    I think that the leader of Egypt should not have done that because it made the citizens.Now the citizens are going to protest harder I think the Leader should get out or get gone.The goverment of the United States of America should not cut off the internet, the people who are addicted to it will protest. 😦

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  93. Tyler H Says:

    I think that it is wrong because that is not wright what if someone had a job and you had to use the internet your job would close cause you could not do that.But the gov should of not shut down the whole internet just some of it.:(

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  94. Tyler H Says:

    I think that it is wrong because that is not wright what if someone had a job and you had to use the internet your job would close cause you could not do that.But the gov should of not shut down the whole internet just some of it.

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  95. Jenna L. Says:

    i think it is wrong for a countrey to take away internet from its people. if you take away communicaton everyone is going to be upset about that. i know if i had my internet taken away i would start a revolution. 😦

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  96. Katie M Says:

    How the heck do you shut down the internet? To do that you would have to hack threw firewalls and incritped stuff. Why couldn’t they just block facebook and twitter? Why shut down the whole entire web when you could just block those websites. I mean shutting down all websites seem’s a little unfair. Why would the US do it for no reason? If the US does it, it might expose files that are privet and confenditial. Yes I know my spelling is horrible. Would egypt really bribe it’s leader’s to fo that? I mean I know that they don’t want people to protest and stuff. Isn’t there another way to stop it?

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  97. Mandy Y. ^.^ Says:

    I think the goverment should be able to shut the internet down for an emergencey. Like for a cyber attak or something else. But for anything else, they can just deal with it. We are supose to have freedom, if you shut our internet down, you take that away.

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  98. Eric K Says:

    I think this is nonsence, if the shut down the internet i will be so mad and upset. i cant go 3 weeks with out geting on facebook youtube ect. i dont think it is fair to us. 😦

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  99. tyler B Says:

    they shouldn’t shut down the internet, it’s not just for communication it’s also a main source of entertainment. almost every thing requires the intenet, a family, and schools

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  100. Adam p Says:

    i think its crazy how the goverment could shut the internet just because egypt went crazy

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  101. Matthew S Says:

    It’s crazy to just come in and shut down Egypt’s internet. It just makes people angrier. But it also helps because hackers and protesters can show this to the world. They would break your computer with a virus. You would be so mad, You’d join the protest. So I’m happy they shut it down for a while. Because the online protests could cause a WW3. OR Worse! But also it is bad and unfair that the people who weren’t protesting lose it too.

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  102. Ellen M Says:

    I think it would be wrong to shut down the internet becasue so many people own websites on the internet and it wouldn’t be fair to cut their accsess to their work. Also many people have very important things that have to be done on the computer like either parents working from home or typing a essay that is due the next day at school. A way we could start a riot like Egypt is doing if it has to come down to it but that is very unlikly. Another way we can make the United States not make the internet shut down would be to create a law that not one person has the power to shut down the internet. I would not mind if the internet gets shut down really, besides that it is not fair to everyone but I don’t spend a lot of times on the internet because I am usually at soccer practice or outside playing with my friends. Unless I have a really big essay due the next day and it is supposed to be typed.

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  103. Brock M Says:

    I don’t think this is fair because not everyone in egypt is trying to get rid of the president. what about the average citizen just casually browsing the web? I don’t think this would ever happen in the US because they would never have a reason to shut it dow.

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  104. sam J Says:

    The Arab Republic of Egypt should have power, just not this much. I think that they do not have any right to turn off the internet in Egypt. It is unfair to the people. It makes no sence to me because if Egypt is a ‘Republic’ they would listen to the people because Republic means: A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    According o this the people should have power to protest against this and Egypt is going against their own Govermantal Policy. If this is true then Egypt cannot be a republic, because their ‘President’ is doing something major with out the peoples opinion, and he is shutting the internet down due to the citizens opinions.
    -Sam

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  105. Blake G Says:

    do you think that the stuff in eygpt can happen to us in the USA

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  106. tori w Says:

    I think that they should not do this .
    i think that it is unsafe for Egypt.I also think that people should have there rights. I also think that they should work as a team to fix this promble.

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  107. Sage W. Says:

    So I think the U.S should not be like Egypt and never ever shut the internet down.

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  108. Chris C. Says:

    I think it was very dangerous for Egypt to block their internet. It would also be foolhardy for the US to block the internet because many Americans have jobs that require internet. This could create protests and anger most Americans because without internet people wouldn’t know what’s going on in the world.

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  109. Brendan L Says:

    if you split the internet in to we will just have two different internets. but if you do that then fights may break out.

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  110. kennedi C. Says:

    Iwould never be able to live without internet or wifi. and that won’t even work because they would just text. and we all grew up with internet and it got adictive.

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  111. Sage W. Says:

    I can not belive that the government would ban the internet. Why would the governament do that? I think it is wrong to ban the internet. I was thinking if someone said something hurtful to the president then they can just get a serious consequence. What if someone was traveling and was in Egypt and needed the internet for work. I bet thee was thousands of people protesting and wanting the internet back. I bet everyone is now happy that the internet is back on.

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  112. Daniella R. Says:

    I think it’s unfair to shut down the internet. People have a right to the internet. If they’re organizing protests on it then, let them do thaat. It’s their fault for not just kicking out the president. I f the people are that upset about it, than he was president 30 years. Thirty years is a long time to be president, too long. He’s already started to become a dictator instead of a president. Shuting down the internet was a bad thing to do. It didn’t stop the protesting at all. It only made the protesting worse. Not cool Egypt.

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  113. Christine C Says:

    i think that what they did was a bad idea almost everyone everywhere relises in internet some how in there life wether its work or just games or email. When the inrnet was shut dowon it caught peoples atention but going that far was a mistake i myself use the internet daily and some familys use internet as a way to talk to other family members in war or in somewhere far way. shuting down the internet in my view was a mistake

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  114. Blake G Says:

    I think it was right and wrong to shut it down. I think it is right bcuz the goverment did not want the people of Egypt to go crazy and start protesting. I think it is wrong bcuz what if people just wanted to e-mail their friend to see if they were alright. they should of shut down major sites like facebook and twitter instead of the whole thing

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    • Kiera C Says:

      You can not sut down the internet technically. You block it, but you can not block it. Think about like this, (what i said in my blog) if you go to the gov. and protest for something in Egypt, there’s a possibility you might get it. The gov. is gonna get sick and tried of hearing this and eventually, you are gonna get what you want. Think about it like that.

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  115. Emily R :) Says:

    I don’t think that this is right. We can’ just shut down the internet. the way that the internet is so popular we can’t just shut it down because that’s distroying something important. Where would we get all our information? This isn’t right. I don’t think not just ours but ANY government should be able to do that. It’s to important to let go.

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  116. Kiera C Says:

    I think that egypt should find a way to fix this without taking all anger out on the gov. Think about like this, most likely, if you ask for something at the gov. you might get. Egypt has a small gov. so you asked for something, now you got what you wanted. You can’t treat the gov. all ugly just because you asked for something.

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  117. Brendan L Says:

    the government should not shut down the internet because the internet is one of the ways to comunicate.

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  118. Anna M. Says:

    If the US tried to shut off the internet they couldn’t do it! Their is no kill swich of any kind. If they tried to split it in half their would just be 2 internets. They would run into firewalls and all kids of files and they could possibly delete all the files on their own computer!

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  119. Isami M Says:

    I do not think the goverment should shut down Americas safari even if the could. First why would they need to? There is no reason why they need to. I do not think they should have done it in Eygept because it just made people angry. And it gave the USA goverment an idea. So no i dont think they should ever do that, plus, it would also be really hard to do. Also people here would be mad at the president and that would be kinda bad.

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