How Can a Country Disconnect Itself From the Internet?
20 February 2011
I. Matching: match the words in the box with their definition below.
1. _________: too strong to be destroyed
2. _________: the steady movement of something (e.g., traffic, information)
3. _________: a way of thinking about people, situations, ideas etc
4. _________: boring or ordinary
5. _________: a delay in one stage of a process that makes the whole process take longer
6. _________: legally granted access
7. _________: kept
8. _________: to examine books, films, letters etc to remove anything that is considered offensive, morally harmful, or politically dangerous etc
II. Cloze: fill in the blanks with the words you hear from the news report
Click here to listen to the news report: http://www.voanews.com/MediaAssets2/learningenglish/dalet/se-tech-internet-kill-switch-21feb11.Mp3
1. A five-day Internet shutdown in Egypt _______ _______ stop the _______ that forced President Hosni Mubarak to _______, which _______ a technical question.
2. Mr. Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor Networks, says the Internet is not as as _______ people might think, and the _______ of computer traffic can be _______.
3 ."From a technical _______, the popular imagination of the Internet is as a network that can _______ nuclear wars, can't be stopped. But the engineering realities are a lot more _______.
4. In many countries there are a few natural _______, whether it be large data centers or _______."
5. "Although there are a hundred or more providers within the country -- _______ providers -- there really are only four providers that maintain _______ links to the external world.
6. News reports suggested that the fiber optic links for those networks are even all _______ in the same building.
7. Could a similar Internet shutdown _______ _______ in the United States?
8. The recent shutdown in Egypt has _______ new _______ _______ a proposal in the United States Congress.
9. Supporters of the National _______ Act say it would help protect the country’s economic and national security from _______ attack. It would give the president the emergency power to shut down or _______ parts of the nation's Internet in the event of a major threat.
10. Some people say the government could use "Kill Switch Bill" to _______ the Web and control the _______ of information.
I. 1. indestructable 2. flow 3. standpoint 4. prosaic 5. bottleneck 6. right-of-way
7. housed 8. censor
II. 1. failed to; protests; resign; raised 2. indestructible; flow; restricted 3. standpoint; survive; prosaic 4. bottlenecks, right-of-ways 5. domestic; external 6. housed 7. take place 8. raised; concern about 9. Asset; cyber; seize 10. censor; flow