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  •  It's actually pretty straightforward... (5+ / 0-)

    ...if a bit complicated due to the size of the 'net.

    I do not even pretend to understand the technology involved in exercising such control...

    Have you ever used the Controls on the web interface of your home router to block or enable access to a particular protocol or even an individual website?  [...for whatever reason]

    You have quite a bit of latitude, as far as what traffic you allow or disallow.

    Try it now: in a new tab in your browser, type

    192.168.1.1

    ...and hit the Enter key.  You'll most likely get a UserName/Password popup box that will give you access to your router - almost all of them are set to that IP address.  The manual that came with the router will have the default UserName and Password included [by the way, YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE PASSWORD].  For 90% of the people here who have a home router between their computer and the box (modem) that connects them to their ISP (Internet Service Provider - i.e., Comcast, etc.), it will be set to that address (192.168.1.1).

    Play around.  Look at stuff.  Learn.  Just don't change anything you don't understand.

    Anyway, imagine doing the exact same thing - except on a much larger scale.  That's what Mubarak did in Egypt.  That's what our government could do here.

    And if you don't think they have any number of censorship settings all ready to go on all of the main routers that control the internet in the U.S.; boy - have I got a bridge to sell you ...

    It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

    by Jaime Frontero on Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 06:55:30 AM PST

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