June 21, 2009
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Routing around damage?

The network experts and social media enthusiasts and (oy veh) the internet libertarians kept telling us how the internet would route around the damage caused by a government crackdown on information.

Hasn't worked in China.

Didn't work in Iran. (Yeah, twitter has been working occasionally, but my impression is that its role is mostly publishing to that part of the outside world that deigns to listen.)

Speculation: they’ll keep telling us it can’t happen here, until it does. Maybe they’ll keep saying it can’t happen hear, after it does.