What Would It Take to Shut Down the Entire Internet?


We contemplated what might happen if the entire internet shut down at once.

One imaginative stumbling block, in playing out the implications of that scenario, was how something like that could happen in the first place. And so—without advocating any of the methods described below, or strongly suggesting that hundreds or thousands of like-minded heroes band together to take this sucker down once and for all—for this  we’ve asked a number of cybersecurity experts how exactly one would go about shutting down the entire internet.

British Parliament plans two-year cyber capability programme

Government Computing

The UK Parliament is all set to implement a two-year cyber capability change programme.

The Houses of Parliament has issued a market notice to find a supplier to deliver consultancy services to support three security-related initiatives.

The first initiative involves a programme of behavioural and cultural change to maintain Parliament’s cyber capability. The second initiative will include a target operating model review and validation for the delivery of cyber programmes.

The third security-related initiative will see the British Parliament create a workforce-management strategy for the maintenance, development and retention of cyber-capable personnel.

NCSC updates Cyber Assessment Framework

UK Authority

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has rewritten the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF), aiming to make it suitable for a wider range of users.

It said that CAF 3.0, which is relevant to organisations supporting public safety or national infrastructure, uses more everyday language than earlier versions, with less use of the terminology in the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive.

There have been no changes to the structure or technical content, and it has been developed in consultation with NIS regulators and other interested parties.

Openreach maps out fibre plans for the next 18 months.


BT’s fixed line wholesale division has created a new website that allows everyone to see how its fibre roll-out is going.

The website devoted to banging on about Openreach’s Fibre First programme features a map showing every bit of the UK that either already has FTTP, is in the process of acquiring it, or is in Openreach’s immediate plans. 29 more places have today been added to those immediate plans, taking the total over 100.

“Full-fibre broadband provides a reliable, future-proof, consistent and dependable service that will be a platform for economic growth and prosperity throughout the UK for decades to come,” said Openreach Chief Exec Clive Selley.

To deliver better public services, we must ask what productivity in the public sector looks like, says Treasury Minister

Politics Home

Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury said that “Government can manage, if it’s properly structured and phased, well run IT projects and automation projects for the public good.”

After years of spending constraints, public services are “back with a bang”, according to Gavin Freeguard, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.

“With more money going into them,” Mr Freeguard asked, “can future technologies and automation help to deliver better public services?”

Responding to this question, at the Institute for Government panel, sponsored by the Association for Project Management at Conservative Party Conference, Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury said that “Government can manage, if it’s properly structured and phased, well run IT projects and automation projects for the public good.


Podcast: The International Design in Government community – Government Digital Service

Public Sector Blogs

The International Design in Government community brings together design-minded public servants from all over the world to share best practice, discuss shared challenges and learn from one another. It started at GDS in 2017 and has grown rapidly; there are now 1,500 members from 66 countries and 6 continents. 

In September’s episode of the GDS podcast, Laura Stevens, writer at GDS, speaks to 2 of the founding members of this community – Kara Kane, Community Lead for User-Centred Design at GDS and Martin Jordan, Head of Service Design at GDS.

Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

Public Sector Executive

In a bid to attract new users of electric vehicles and early users of charging points, Rotherham Council are making electric vehicle charging available for free until the end of the financial year.

From 1 October 2019 until the end of March 2020, electric car owners will be able to charge their vehicles for free at all Rotherham Council owned charging points.

Since 2015, the council has been installing charging points in car parks throughout the borough. The new charging points came from a series of government grants as a way to improve air quality and reach climate change targets.

Normally, users will require a membership charge card or smartphone app to operate them, through which they can pay for their charges. However, the next five months will offer free charging for the people of Rotherham. Charges for actually parking in these car parks still apply.

Electric vehicle numbers are on the rise and they are providing a cheaper and cleaner alternative to traditional cars.

Government announces Britain bus revolution

Public Sector Executive

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced today (30 September) plans for ‘Superbus’ networks in Britain.

The cutting-edge plans will see bus fares fall and service frequency rise with new all-electric buses.

The government package, worth £220m in the first year, includes better passenger information and contactless payment available on all city buses.

The West Midlands and elsewhere will feel the benefit of ‘express lanes’ and more frequent services in rural areas where bus service numbers have fallen in recent years.

Apps are being developed that can be used to keep passengers in the loop regarding bus routes, fares, timetables from all different operators across England all in one convenient place.

BT and government ‘hatch’ plan for full fibre rollout and copper switchoff by 2027

Tech Raar

Reports suggest industry and government are in discussions

The UK’s copper broadband network could be switched off by 2027, with shut down occurring on regional basis like the switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in 2012.

Sky News says BT and other telecoms organisations are in secret discussions with the government about a plan to roll out fibre to the entire country on an accelerated basis.

The government’s current target for switchover is 2033, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants this brought forward to 2025. The industry has said such an ambitious goal isn’t out of the question – but only if regulations are favourable and government financial support is present.

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