In 2013 when Typhoon Haiyan brought down most of the Philippines’ cell and radio towers, bringing information to a standstill at a crucial moment. The same thing happened again earlier this month in Ukraine, but this time it was men with political motives, not nature, that severed access to the country’s largest ISP.
But a fledgling system of Low Earth Orbit satellites known as the Outernet might mean an end to outages like this–making constant up-time a possibility, and with it, true human reliance on the Internet. The question: Is that a good thing?
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