On 7 December 2015, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters and proposed restricting access to the internet.
We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of government officials and different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, closing that Internet up in some way … Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. said Donald Trump.
After Donald Trump unveiled his idea to have the Internet shut down to prevent online recruitment by terrorist and agencies working against U.S. (ISIS, Taliban etc.), It seems as though Trump will get what he asked for.
The Internet will be ‘shutdown’ somehow, and that is exactly what will happen in 2016. According to reports government officials have planned for the “shutdown” of the entire internet in the United States. Officials are working with all Internet service providers like AT&T, T-mobile, Comcast, Netzero, etc. to disable their Internet servers, preventing anyone living in the United States to surf the web.
Donald Trump gave a speech at the Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the USS Yorktown in South Carolina, After a day of rambling about banning Muslims, Trump offered some hazy suggestions for fighting ISIS’s growing influence online.
Trump’s comments caused a degree of confusion among people. While it’s true that Trump and government wants to ‘shut down’ the internet, proposed internet counter-terrorism initiative remains unclear.
“At first, we thought Donald Trump was being a lunatic” says the Department of Defense Secretary Steve Williams, “But we soon realized that he had a valid point, without the Internet, ISIS cannot recruit new members unless it’s in person, and human lives are far more valuable than the freedom of surfing the Internet ”, finished Williams.
Shutting down the entire internet is difficult but not impossible,” said Jim Codie, an worldwide internet tracker.
The government would have to call all internet providers and order them to disrupt Border Gateway Protocols in a way that shut down the majority of American internet traffic. The government would have to deal with the country’s thousands of internet providers in order to fully clamp down on internet access, which would be difficult, but not impossible.