Sunday, Dec 8, 2013
Government Shutdown Sends Websites Offline
WSIL -- It's another impact of the government shutdown. Many federal websites remain offline.
Some government websites are being completely shutdown. Other agencies say their sites will remain open but won't be updated until the government is restored.
"It's more of an inconvenience and people are really good at commenting on inconveniences," said SIU systems programmer James Dutton.
Websites impacted by the shutdown include the Library of Congress, NASA and the Census Bureau.
"If the websites are not available then no one can damage them," explained Dutton.
Social media is also impacted. Final tweets and posts were sent out earlier this week telling followers services would be suspended.
"It's a loss of immediacy which is probably what some people are more concerned about than the loss of access to any data," said Dutton.
The shutdowns cut off access to online services. People can no longer sign up for federal student aid. A concern for some students on the SIU campus but not everyone.
"It really doesn't affect me," said SIU law student Rosario Escalera. "I know it does affect my friends because they usually rely on stuff like that but it doesn't really pertain to me. I am too busy with school anyway."
Websites should be back up and running as soon as the government shutdown is over but updates may take a few days.
"When they have the authorization to bring their services back up they will come up as they were when they were first shutdown and then they will continue their process of daily maintenance and updates from that point on," explained Dutton.
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