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Why One Egyptian ISP is Still Online (Updated) For all intents and purposes, Egypt is currently cut off from the Internet. Even today, though, the Noor Group’s DSL service in Egypt remains available (though it experienced some downtime earlier today).
The Mubarak regime shut down Internet and cell phone communications before launching a violent crackdown against political protesters (watch Free Press' Timothy Karr discuss the use of technology in Egypt in the video to the right). Free Press has discovered that an American company — Boeing-owned Narus of Sunnyvale, CA — had sold Egypt "Deep Packet Inspection" (DPI) equipment that can be used to help the regime track, target and crush political dissent over the Internet and mobile phones. Narus is selling this spying technology to other regimes with deplorable human rights records.
Egypt’s largest ISPs shut off their networks Thursday , making it impossible for traffic to get to websites hosted in Egypt or for Egyptians to use e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. The regime of President Hosni Mubarak also ordered the shut down of mobile phone networks, including one run by the U.K.-based Vodafone, all in an attempt to undermine the growing protests over Mubarak’s autocratic rule of the country. While the world has seen net filtering and disruption in places like Burma and Iran following social and political unrests, Egypt’s decision to shutter it is different, according to Craig Labovitz, the chief scientist at Arbor Networks , a computer security firm that has nearly unequaled real data on international internet traffic. “What’s different with Egypt is the scale,” Labovitz told Wired.com.
Addendum du 29 janvier, 20h15 : les brèves du 26 27 28 janvier sont enfin disponibles sur le site de l’ambassade . Ceci dit, chaque brève contient deux liens qui ne sont pas clicables, et d’ailleurs l’un d’entre eux contient un espace de trop qui le rend inutilisable… Je les reproduis ici après correction : Nous sommes le vendredi 28 janvier 2011. Il est 23h27.
Ce billet fait partie de notre page spéciale sur les manifestations 2011 en Egypte . Le compte à rebours des manifestations massives à travers l'Egypte a commencé, avec très peu d'information qui transpire du terrain depuis que les autorités égyptiennes ont coupé l'accès à Internet et pratiquement toute autre communication avec le monde extérieur. Ceci dans le but d'étouffer les contestataires, et les internautes craignent le pire. De très importantes manifestations sont prévues dans tout le pays après les prières de ce Vendredi, dans ce qui a été surnommé la Marche du Million d'Egyptiens, pour réclamer des réformes politiques et économiques, et la fin du régime trentenaire de Hosni Moubarak.
The scale of Egypt's crackdown on the Internet and mobile phones amid deadly protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak is unprecedented in the history of the web, experts said. U.S. President Barack Obama, social networking sites and rights groups around the world all condemned the moves by Egyptian authorities to stop activists using cellphones and cybertechnology to organise rallies. "It's a first in the history of the Internet," Rik Ferguson, an expert for Trend Micro, the world's third biggest computer security firm, told AFP. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Riots and unrest in Egypt have been ongoing all week, but the Internet only seemed to take notice when it affected the Internet. On Friday, news reports revealed that the government had shut down Internet access to its 80 million citizens, also blocking text messaging and mobile services. Access to the outside world was gone, as was the ability to organize protests from within. Tech blog Mashable.com quickly put up a graphic to help readers visualize the blockage. Online vigilante group Anonymous - most recently in the news for its WikiLeaks hacktivism - threatened to attack the government's portals, anonymously.
Plainclothes police chase what Reuters says is unidentified foreign journalist today in Cairo. (Reuters /Goran Tomasevic ) New York, January 28, 2011-- Egyptian authorities have taken unprecedented measures to block media coverage of widespread protests against the government, which are on their fourth day. CPJ condemns Cairo's news blackout and calls for authorities to immediately restore Internet and mobile phone services , end the targeting of the press, and allow media to conduct their work freely.
Could it be a coincidence? Internet connectivity disappears all the time, for many reasons, almost always accidental. Sometimes, it's a cut optical fiber. A ship might drag its anchor over a submarine cable. It can be very difficult to determine the true extent or origins of any online disruption.
Protests in Egypt continue despite government shut down of Internet | Science & Technology | Deutsche Welle | 28.01.2011Early on Friday, the Egyptian government took steps to shut down Internet connectivity, with reports of telephone networks also being denied.
Thanks to all for great comments and questions. Please see below for latest updates on the ongoing Egyptian Internet blackout, including some trace-based analysis and a few words about neighboring countries. After this morning we'll be closing this post out, and looking for the restoration. Hopefully sooner than later.
Earlier today, we reported on a lot of chatter that Twitter was being blocked in Egypt amid rising protests. We can now confirm that they are being blocked. Two tweets from the service tonight confirm it. “ We can confirm that Twitter was blocked in Egypt around 8am PT today.
Reporting from Cairo — Hisham Kassem crunches over mortar and dust, passes along rough brick walls and steps into his unfinished newsroom, which, if the investors come through , will soon house 100 journalists Twittering and typing out longer tales on the troubled state of the nation. It is a curious time to be starting an independent newspaper in Egypt. The government and politically connected businessmen are pressuring editors, silencing columnists and booting talk show hosts from their perches in the weeks winding down to November's parliamentary elections.
Q Depuis 30 ans, il n'y a jamais eu un tel mouvement de contestation à l'égard du président égyptien Hosni Moubarak. Quel est le sentiment général dans la rue, en Égypte, ces jours-ci? R Plusieurs des personnes qui manifestaient hier et aujourd'hui n'étaient pas des militants typiques. Elles n'étaient pas politisées auparavant. Elles ont été enhardies par l'expérience.
By WSJ Staff European Pressphoto Agency Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group chief executive officer. Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao said “Egyptian authorities” had asked the company to “turn down the network totally.” Mr.