egypt: the implications of shutting off the internet

blowback time.

“About a half-hour past midnight on Friday in Egypt, the internet went dead.”

“Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of president Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule, experts said.”

“The internet blackout in Egypt shows that a country with strong control over its internet providers apparently can force all of them to pull their plugs at once, something that Cowie called “almost entirely unprecedented in internet history.”

read more here:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/2011128796164380.html

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