“No one in South Park has Internet and there’s no telling when, or even if, it will come back. Desperation sets in as the fear of the unknown spreads rapidly across the country. When Randy hears there still may be some Internet out in California, he packs up his family and heads west in search of a signal.”
Silicon Valley seems to be the last resource of Internet in the story. Silicon Valley turns to be a refugee camp and people need to cue for the use of Internet.
Unquestionably, our lives do rely on Internet. When I was watching this South Park episode in Spring 2011, I was realized how serious the problem could in in real world.
What would happen if people could not access cloud computing? Jaeger, Lin, Grimes and Simmons pointed on in their article that services providers and government need to be very careful about the placement of data center. Energy-saving natural features and safety are two key considerations (2009).
As a graduate student in the U.S., I feel impressed by policies of cloud computing in this nation. Considering about energy and safety, “The Google Navy”, the idea to locate data centers on ships in international waters seems to be a thoughtful way out.
Nevertheless, as being an international student, I do have some concern on cloud computing for users outside the U.S. who need to rely on it but they might not have their voices and powers to control it.
What would happen if there was a global crisis about cloud computing as same as it happens in South Park. People in the U.S. might be survived since the U.S. is the location of data centers. How about the rest of the world?
While I could not imagine how terrible it is in those developing countries, the story of South Park makes me think of one country who might not be effected by the crisis, China. While most of world population rely on global cloud computing services like Facebook, Google, Twitter. In 2009, China blocked those international services. This seems to be questionable at the beginning.
Nevertheless, there must be many reasons behind the ban in in China. Security and privacy issue shall be one of those important reasons. If there is a global crisis about cloud computing, for example, people could not access Facebook, Google or Twitter, China citizens might has effects in minimum. Why? As long as they can access the Internet. Their lives will be the same, they can enjoy their own social medias which are not international cloud computing services providers. China has their own versions of cloud computing services which offer similar services as Google, Youtube, and Facebook. The equivalent of Twitter in China is Sina Weibo (www.sina.com.cn), and the two equivalents of YouTube are Tudou and Youku (www.tudou.com and http://www.youku.com, respectively). The most similar services of Facebook is http://www.renren.com. … Sounds good?