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Egypt’s Internet block incomplete but damaging

Posted by / February 1, 2011


Tech-savvy Egyptians are finding ways to skirt the Egyptian government’s decision to pull the plug on the country’s Internet connection, but most of the nation’s 80 million residents and businesses remain in the dark after five days. Experts say the situation shows how vulnerable online communications still are even today.

Social media and sites like Facebook have been invaluable to organizers seeking to topple the Mubarak government, and opponents have taken to the streets of Cairo in mass protests. But Facebook, e-mails and Twitter accounts pretty much stopped last Friday, when Egypt’s Internet traffic plunged to near zero.

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