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Old 12-18-2011   #10
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As long as people with a technical understanding have a say in it, it will never go through.

Something like this can literally break the Internet (yes, it is possible), founders of the network had stated so themselves. In a nut shell it would cause huge instabilities for DNS servers if records are constantly removed and re-added, which would then mean every DNS server in the world would need constant changes. From what I understand this system doesn't actually remove the actual websites but just remove the DNS records, and I assume the route to the IP associated with the record, otherwise the system is pretty stupid as people can just use IPs to share torrent websites.

For those who don't understand, DNS - Domain Name Servers.

When you type www.google.com into your browser, it goes to your ISP DNS server which then directs you to the IP address where the website is hosted.

Not to mention, giving the government this sort of power is extremely dangerous. It may start with good intentions of stopping piracy, but somewhere along the line they might think "Well wait a minute, we can take down websites. Why don't we just take down anything that is harmful to X group or X people?" and eventually lead to the removal of any website they deem inappropriate or offensive.
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