Wednesday, March 17, 2021

"The Seven People Who Can Turn Off the Internet", and it has nothing to do with the supposed "Internet kill switch"


Looks like a cochlea (VA Blueridge somewhere)

“Half AS Interesting” presents “The Seven People Who Can Turn off the Internet”.

The video (7 minutes) describes how the domain name and IP address system works, and how there is a complicated system of public and private keys (comparable to what exists for crypto currency) involved in resolving a domain name.  Ultimately, there are seven individuals responsible for the integrity of these keys.

No, I’m not one of them.

Sometimes you get a “can’t find DNS” or a NXT DOMAIN error, that seems to happen when the backbone companies that manage this setup have an issue (I think one of them is Century Link). One of my Wordpress sites sometimes gets one of these errors around 9 PM many night.

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