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How bad internet plumbing can take us all down the rabbit hole

Adrian Weckler


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Internet outage. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty

Internet outage. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty

Internet outage. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty

For 40 minutes yesterday, we were reminded of just how much power and control we have allowed to become concentrated in a handful of internet networking companies.

Large swathes of the internet including half the world’s most used news media were made inaccessible on Tuesday when a single network company that you’ve never heard of suffered a glitch.

That included the BBC, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN and The Irish Times. It also included major online forums such as Reddit and Twitch, as well as giant ecommerce sites such as Amazon, PayPal and Shopify.


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