In her recent article on, Sarah Kessler explains “How a Government Shutdown Could Affect Tech.”

  • IPO Filings Put on Hold — Securities and Exchange Commission wouldn’t process any company filings
  • Government Web Sites Go Dark — only essential sites necessary for operation will remain open (ex.: IRS site for filing taxes)
  • Telemarketers and Spammers Celebrate — Do Not Call Registry and Spam Database won’t be available to law enforcement
  • Employees Go Without Paycheck — government employees; people working for private companies on government contracts, including Google (cloud-based services) and Microsoft (Office suite services)
  • Government BlackBerrys Switched Off unessential employees would turn in BlackBerrys or be banned from using them; essential employees permitted to keep checking essential emails
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