[ExI] does a us default take down the internet? was: RE: New way to enumerate prime number

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Oct 8 13:20:01 UTC 2013

On Tue, Oct 08, 2013 at 05:47:49AM -0700, spike wrote:

> So all this talk of the US defaulting on its debts raises a question I don't
> see being answered anywhere.  If the US government shuts down for real, does
> that take down the internet?

Only an internet. The Internet is a global network of Autonomous Systems
running open protocols, and as such does not have single point of failure
(the current centralized structures are fundamentally circumventable).

You can run a piece of the Internet. At the moment you'll be still
beholden to the cascade of authorities, but with approaches like cjdns
everybody can be a netop in future.

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