As violence engulfs Libya, naturally Americans are most concerned with how all of this will affect them. The top-level domain for Libya is .ly, which is a popular alternative to the .com and is frequently associated with its usage as a URL shortener. Once again Quora, continues to generate information you can’t find anywhere else.
The question: “What will happen to http://bit.ly links if Gaddafi shuts down the Internet in Libya due to protests?”
The answer: Don’t worry. There will be no interruption.
Should Libya block Internet traffic, as Egypt did, it will not affect http://bit.ly or any .ly domain.
For .ly domains to be unresolvable the five .ly root servers that are authoritative *all* have to be offline, or responding with empty responses. Of the five root nameservers for the .ly TLD: two are based in Oregon, one is in the Netherlands and two are in Libya.
And http://bit.ly will continue to do everything we can to ensure we offer our users the best service we possibly can. That includes offering options around which top level domain you use. Many users choose to use http://j.mp/ as an alternative to http://bit.ly, given that it is shorter. And some use http://bitly.com.
Our job is to provide the best service we can via our sites and our API and we will continue to do that. For now we can only hope for a peaceful resolution to the events in the middle east.
Tunisia has been overthrown. Egypt is tottering. Think there’ll be more to come? Maybe. In the wake of those uprisings, pages have begun popping up on Facebook, calling for protests to begin in Syria on February 4th and 5th. It’s not clear what impact these pages will actually have on the ground, but click through for a roundup of the potential scenario.
The Egyptian government cut the cord on the internet to silence them form the outside world, keep protesters from organizing, and generally, to shut them up:
Now Internet access across the whole nation has been shut off, as the Net traffic volume chart from Arbor Networks embedded here shows. As an investigation by Renesys demonstrates, at around 12:34 in the morning local time “virtually simultaneous withdrawal” of all Egypt’s networks connected to the world’s IP routing system—meaning data access routes into or out of Egypt were shut down. It’s a complete order of magnitude more severe censorship that happened in Iran, when the government tinkered with blocking social media sites, and is far worse than the “modest Internet manipulation” that the Tunisian authorities tried as similar protests happened there. Essentially the Egyptian government has realized it cannot stay one digital step ahead of its population, and has simply thrown the off-switch.
It’s unconfirmed, but they may have also blocked Al Jazeera within the country and even journalists are being attacked in the streets. But this hasn’t stopped Egyptians; according to The Guardian, they’ve started distributing literature on the street, old-school-revolution style.