With brows stretching up and eyes popping out, the man in the picture above looks like someone who is permanently afraid of something. But his perplexed facial expressions become understandable when compared with the heavy responsibility handed to him.
He is a businessman named Paul Kane – who'd be our go-to guy in case the internet is attacked by evil cyber forces.
The British tech entrepreneur is one of just seven handpicked individuals around the world who have been given a special metal key, five of which when combined can reboot the World Wide Web.
In case of a major cyber attack that would require the internet to be reset, five of these seven keyholders would gather up at a secret location in the United States and combine their keys to open up a safety deposit box, inside which has a smartcard through which a new metallic key can be printed. And that key is what has the power to reboot the internet.
This power has been vested in these seven individuals by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) probably so that in the times of crisis the hackers have more targets to diffuse, and the power to restart the internet is geographically scattered across the globe.
American security researcher Dan Kaminsky and Swedish internet expert Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder are two more who have keys just like Kane's.
Let's hope it never comes to the point where they are needed to exercise their special powers.