In Pakistan vs. YouTube, it’s not all about technology

by Declan McCullaghThe flap earlier this week in which Pakistan Telecom knocked off the Internet for two hours seems almost inexplicable.It’s not like when a court in Turkey blocked access to YouTube from within the country, or when China restricts Western news sites.Those were country-specific and intentional. The outage on Sunday was global and, as far as we know, unintentional.So what’s to stop another Internet service provider–especially a government-owned one–from intentionally trying this trick? It’s easy enough to imagine a situation in which North Korea feels like yanking Voice of America off the Internet, or some nations choosing to assail al-Jazeera (their satellite broadcasts already have been interrupted).

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