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Can the Internet be turned off? (The answer is yes: Meet "SOP303")

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In a recent speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump said he would look into "closing up parts of the Internet" to fight ISIS. Well here's a fact that Trump may not be too happy to hear — America does not control the Internet everywhere in the world. Additionally, many American websites already censor terrorist activities.

So a hypothetical President Trump's only hope for turning off the Internet would be right here in America, and thanks to a very secretive government policy, he probably could.

Drafted in 2006, Standard Operating Procedure 303 gives the federal government the authority to disrupt cellular network activity in any given area during a national emergency. While Internet-enabled devices weren't quite a thing in 2006 (the iPhone had just debuted), nowadays a cellular disruption could hinder the Internet on many important pieces of technology.

In 2011, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a Freedom of Information Act Request asking the DHS to disclose the full text of SOP303. They are still fighting for disclosure in the Supreme Court.

http://mashable.com/2016/01/07/mashable-explains-post/#U9OWCrecWuqH

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