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Egyptian Protests ...internet & mobile communication disrupted

These are excerpts from BBC News:

 

The (Egyptian) government says it is open to dialogue but also warned of "decisive measures" as the fourth day of violent protests loomed…

 

Widespread disruption has been reported to the internet and mobile phone messaging services…..the Facebook and Twitter social websites had been disrupted along with mobile phone messaging, followed by loss of many internet services….3G was not working and SMS messages were not being received.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12303564

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Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on January 31, 2011 at 4:32am

"Does the internet bring freedom or control?" if I may... answer shall be neither.

As usuall it is not the technology itself - it is the way it is used. You can use hammer to build a house as well as to kill a man - is hammer a life saving or life threatening tool?

Comment by Mwende Njiraini on January 30, 2011 at 12:54am
As citizens and governments realize and use the power of the internet one then would ask: "Does the internet bring freedom or control?"
Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on January 29, 2011 at 11:17pm

It is long ago that internet and BBS systems used to be "alternative" media that could be used for information exchange in times of disturbed social order. Nowadays internet and cell networks are major information exchange systems on all levels. If someone wants to blackout whole nation easiest way would be to switch off cell and internet networks.

This outcome of technological proliferation and penetration is worrisome. It turns out that Internet/cell makes us strong and vulnerable in the same time. Strong in the time of peace, vulnerable in time of unrest.

Comment by Everton on January 28, 2011 at 8:01pm
It is a shame for a country which has just hosted an IGF meeting a couple of years ago. But expected.

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