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December 27, 2006

That Sucked!

Wow, I haven't been able to access my blog since the Taiwan earthquake. In case you didn't notice already, this blog is hosted in Hong Kong and with the undersea cables near Taiwan being compensated site access was SOL.

It's funny that the headlines first read "Taiwan Earthquake, Internet Crippled" then people started saying "why is that such a big deal when people have died?" Well, let me answer that. People believe that the Internet is just a way to communicate with one another or perhaps more than that a glorified platform for sharing ideas. Well, yes it is that, but then it's so much more too.

It's a business medium, a lifeline, a mover and maker of consumerism. I say it's a lifeline because there are probably networks of life-saving organizations that coordinate over these lines. And the devils in the details. This coordination may itself be the source of saving lives, but a mis-coordination may also end up costing lives. I would think it's almost (but not totally) safe to say that having East and West communications compromised in such a way has the potential to kill more people than were killed in the earthquake.

But then again, I am a technologist.

Posted by Guy at December 27, 2006 10:54 PM