Will the #SOPABlackout for #Wikipedia be the last ever Information Silence? #Marconi

Answer: Probably not – but only in as much as there won’t be an information silence for there is always the Google cache… but as Wikipedia reminds us that Marconi died

…in Rome in 1937 at age 63 following a series of heart attacks, and Italy held a state funeral for him. As a tribute, all radio stations throughout the world observed two minutes of silence.

…and radioastronomers know this as probably the last time ever that the radio spectrum was quieted and free from (intentional) human activity; so sometimes I wonder what it would take to create a temporary dark age.

It might be possible to crash big chunks of the internet if you tried really hard (hat tip to the fabulous 1980s SF book ORA:CLE by Kevin O’Donnell – it’s a must-read for security geeks of a certain age) but frankly the technology has overtaken risk of total blackout.

Big chunks of the net can be throttled, sure, but the whole thing? Not easily. Could we take out a significant resource, though? Yes, that’s still possible, especially electively. It’s just a matter of picking your targets.

So I’ll betcha that a bunch of schoolkids tomorrow night are going to be unpleasantly surprised when their homework has a thursday deadline…

5 thoughts on “Will the #SOPABlackout for #Wikipedia be the last ever Information Silence? #Marconi

  1. Dave Walker

    Surprised I’ve managed to miss ORA:CLE thus far; looking for a copy.

    While there’s been talk for a very long time of EM activity (whether EMP from nuclear or other devices, or natural solar output and lightning strikes) disabling electronics, I’ve yet to see a set of correlated numbers about what potentials / ambient ionisation levels will affect the operation of unhardened semiconductors with what feature size. It’s one of those things which would be “good to know”.

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  2. Stephen Smoogen

    I picked this book (ORA:CLE byt Kevin O’Donnell) up last week from a used bookstore and had a wonderful read.

    It was wildly prescient in things all over the place.While the mass senders and the Dacs were a bit much.. the computer science and breakin methodologies are pretty darn the same people use now.

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  3. Stephen Smoogen

    Yeah.. here is the funny thing. I went looking for that other article. I remembered it and for some reason the only mention my google-fu came up with this earlier mention. So I dropped my comment there thinking I had misremembered that you had mentioned it a month or so ago.

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