Egypt’s Internet Goes Dark During Political Unrest (CNET)

Egypt has gone offline. In a stunning development unprecedented in the modern history of the Internet, a country of more than 80 million people has found itself almost entirely disconnected from the rest of the world. ReadWriteWeb: Reports from Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere in the country indicate that the block is wholesale and countrywide. CNN’s Ben Wedeman commented, “No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability,” and asked “Will #Egypt totally cut communications with the outside world?” Mashable: Sources, mostly on-the-ground news outlets, have been able to upload images and video of the protests and police reactions that have rocked the Middle Eastern nation. LA Times / Chatter: Without being dramatic, it makes one wonder if access to the Internet at this point in history is actually a human right. Just as water, food, and other items necessary to everyday life are considered freedoms that every person is entitled to, is access to information and the ability to communicate part of that list?


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