No Internet In Egypt As Protests Escalate

By Ronnie Kerr at Vator.tv:

First Facebook and Twitter were made inaccessible, now the entire Web. Blocking access to Twitter and Facebook just wasn’t enough for the Egyptian government. Around 11 hours ago — or a little after midnight in Egypt — the Internet went completely dark.

Source: Vator.tv

Source: Vator.tv


Now protesters all across Egypt must find a way to organize without the Web and, in Cairo, with an elite special operations force deployed to put a stop to massive demonstrations that have rippled across the state, ignited by a revolt in Tunisia that successfully toppled the regime there.

Both were drastic measures taken as preemptive steps by the Egyptian government ahead of possibly the largest demonstrations yet, which Reuters says are planned for Friday after weekly prayers.

But neither the people taking to the streets in Tunisia nor those in Iran during the summer of 2009 ever had to face a complete blackout of the Internet, a highly strategic attack on Egyptians’ freedom of speech undoubtedly ordered into effect by the Egyptian government.

“It’s probably a phone call that goes out to half a dozen folks who enter a line on a router configuration file and hit return,” said Craig Labovitz, chief scientist for Arbor Networks the security company responsible for the graph above. “It’s like programming your TiVo — you have things that are set up and you delete one. It’s not high-level programming.”

The decision to bar all online access was also likely spurred on by a nonstop flow of protest footage to sites like YouTube, disseminated through social networks, displaying the deteriorating situation on the ground. Additionally, there are reports that possibly dozens have been killed along with at least 100 injured in Cairo alone…

[continues at Vator.tv]

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  • Ironaddict06

    The middle east is going to be very interesting to watch these next few years.

  • Ironaddict06

    The middle east is going to be very interesting to watch these next few years.

    • Hadrian999

      yeah depending on what group becomes the new ruling class it could either get better or much much worse.

  • WhiteRose

    How to protest without the internet? In all honesty that will probably make people so bored they will go out and protest. I don’t think you have to have internet access to know that the protest are taking place by government buildings. Sometimes I wonder just how stupid people this world has become….

  • WhiteRose

    How to protest without the internet? In all honesty that will probably make people so bored they will go out and protest. I don’t think you have to have internet access to know that the protest are taking place by government buildings. Sometimes I wonder just how stupid people this world has become….

    • Twistedhairball

      “I wonder just how stupid people this world has become….”? errrm, yeah so do I ?.

      I don’t think that’s really the concern. For me its about the people not being able to put out their own record of events and the only outlet being government controlled.

  • Anonymous

    This sucks.

    But as the other commentors have noted, this may be a chance for Egypt to show the U.S. how it’s really done:

    “From the streets, not our seats.”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This sucks.

    But as the other commentors have noted, this may be a chance for Egypt to show the U.S. how it’s really done:

    “From the streets, not our seats.”

  • Twistedhairball

    “I wonder just how stupid people this world has become….”? errrm, yeah so do I ?.

    I don’t think that’s really the concern. For me its about the people not being able to put out their own record of events and the only outlet being government controlled.

  • Cplbbrown

    Keep your eyes wide…what’s unfolding has not been seen in our lifetime. This revolution spreading thru the entire region will make the SOLIDARITY movement in Poland so many years ago look like a boy scout weenie roast. The loss of the internet for awhile cannot stop this “fed-up from the ground up” movement. CHINA … are you watching, or are you blacked out too.?

  • Cplbbrown

    Keep your eyes wide…what’s unfolding has not been seen in our lifetime. This revolution spreading thru the entire region will make the SOLIDARITY movement in Poland so many years ago look like a boy scout weenie roast. The loss of the internet for awhile cannot stop this “fed-up from the ground up” movement. CHINA … are you watching, or are you blacked out too.?

  • Ag

    If you know anyone in Egypt, pass this on to them:
    Egypt : To bypass government blocking of website names, use numerical IP addresses:
    for twitter “128.242.240.52”
    for facebook “69.63.189.34”
    ……for google “72.14.204.99”

  • Ag

    If you know anyone in Egypt, pass this on to them:
    Egypt : To bypass government blocking of website names, use numerical IP addresses:
    for twitter “128.242.240.52”
    for facebook “69.63.189.34”
    ……for google “72.14.204.99”

    • aaron

      sure…let me email it to them…..

      oh wait.

  • aaron

    sure…let me email it to them…..

    oh wait.

  • Hadrian999

    yeah depending on what group becomes the new ruling class it could either get better or much much worse.

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