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  • The internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

    This sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book but it isn't: The whole internet is controlled by seven actual, physical keys. The Guardian's James Ball was recently allowed to observe the highly secure ritual known as a key ceremony.

    The people conducting the ceremony are part of an organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is responsible for assigning numerical internet addresses to websites and computers and translating them into the normal web addresses that people type into their browsers.

    For instance, type 64.27.101.155 into your browser and you'll be taken to Business Insider's web page. But Business Insider is easier for people to remember. ICANN maps the numbers (easier for computers to use) with words (easier for humans to use).

    If someone were to gain control of ICANN's database that person would control the internet. For instance, the person could send people to fake bank websites instead of real bank websites.

    On the other hand, if a calamity happened, the ICANN database could need to be rebuilt. So ICANN came up with a way to do that without entrusting too much control to any one person. It selected seven people to be key holders and gave each one an actual key to Internet. It selected seven more people to be backup keyholders: 14 people in all.

    The physical keys unlock safety deposit boxes stashed around the world. Inside those boxes are smart keycards. Put the seven smartcards together and you have the "master key." The master key is really some computer code, a password of sorts, that can access the ICANN database.

    Four times a year since 2010 the seven keyholders meet for the key ceremony where they generate a new master key, i.e. a new password.

    The security to be admitted to the ceremony is intense, Ball reports, and involves passing through a series of locked doors using key codes and hand scanners, until entering a room so secure that no electronic communications can escape it.

    The group conducts the ritual, then each person files out of the room one by one, and then they all head to a restaurant and party.

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    Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!

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    "The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another."
    “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
    ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    • #3
      Don't forget the cats.
      No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

      To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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      • #4
        Now we know how Tarek is planning on taking over the world.....

        For some time, I was pretty sure it involved sexy vampire chicks somehow.

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        • #5
          We gotta find the other 6 key holders now...

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          • #6
            Never seen a thread get hijacked so fast.
            Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Oracle View Post
              Never seen a thread get hijacked so fast.
              You ain't seen nothin' yet.
              "Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.

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              • #8
                The Illuminati will be most displeased that their hight valued slaves have been found out. We'll have to alert the Masons.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
                  The Illuminati will be most displeased that their hight valued slaves have been found out. We'll have to alert the Masons.
                  Sir, the Masons are already active since post # 2.
                  Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Oracle View Post
                    Never seen a thread get hijacked so fast.
                    There was this fella some time ago who hijacked his own thread. In the first post.
                    No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

                    To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Oracle View Post
                      Sir, the Masons are already active since post # 2.
                      It's Men's Valentine's Day. Their wives are cooking them steak and putting on lipstick to ... never mind. Yeah, you're right. They're at work.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                        "The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another."
                        According to one estimate, there are nearly 25 million porn sites worldwide and they make up 12 percent of all websites. Sebastian Anthony, writing for ExtremeTech, reports that Xvideos is the biggest porn site on the web, receiving 4.4 billion page views and 350 million unique visits per month. He claims porn accounts for 30 percent of all web traffic.
                        :Dancing-Banana:



                        "Internet killed the porno star....."

                        This restructuring has led to the closing of many commerical porn companies and cuts in jobs and fees to porn workers. Not unlike other once-analog media industries e.g., newpaper, magazine and book publishing porn is struggling to make the transition to digital online publishing.
                        Is the Internet killing the porn industry? - Salon.com
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                        Win nervously lose tragically - Reds C C

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                        • #13
                          US government to get out of Internet naming business

                          WASHINGTON: A division of the US Commerce Department said on Friday it would give up control of the group that manages much of the architecture of the Internet, including the parceling out of domain names.

                          The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said in a statement it would shift those tasks to "the global multistakeholder community."

                          NTIA's role includes administering changes to the database that contains the list of names and addresses of all so-called "top level" Internet domains, including the commonly used ".com," .edu," ".info," and others.

                          The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit organization, will help launch a process to transition away from the current, US-government-run Internet domain name system.

                          "The timing is right to start the transition process," said said Lawrence Strickling, US assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information. "We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan."

                          Fadi Chehade, ICANN's chief executive officer, said it would seek input from groups including representatives from governments, the private sector and "civil society" around the world to develop the plan.

                          "All stakeholders deserve a voice in the management and governance of this global resource as equal partners," Chehade said.
                          Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!

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                          • #14


                            Internet is for PORN!! - YouTube
                            "Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.

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                            • #15
                              But I must admit, the Internet is an interesting place.

                              Where else are you going to find pictures of hyper giant stars such as this?







                              Or even subtle picture of love bird such as this?


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