Access: the web in times of crisis

Did you know that there are two pieces of legislation which give the Government power to suspend the internet? They are: the Civil Contingencies Act and the 2003 Communications Act. In the UK this is not very likely to happen, but the Egyptian government cut off virtually all internet access in 2011 when protests in the street threatened to topple President Hosni Mubarak. In this debate, students will discuss whether the Government has the right to shut down the internet in times of crisis.