Egypt Cracks Down On The Internet, Citizens Continue Protesting

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 29, 2011

The turmoil in throughout Egypt continues by residents of the country today. In particular, the crackdown of the Internet and mobile telephony in Egypt continue amidst countrywide protests and growing civil unrest. In cities like Suez, Alexandria and Cairo, curfew is in effect and anti riot police have warned the citizens not to congregate in public places and stage protests. Despite the hardliner stance adopted by the administration the political analysts are saying this could be the beginning of the end for the Hosni Mubarak government which has been accused of gross human rights violation and corruption. The unprecedented crackdown on mobile telephony and web services in the trouble torn country has drawn the government brickbats from the political leaders from other nations and tech industry.

PHOTOS FROM EGYPT: Shots of protesters protesting, assaulting police, ripping down a photo of President Mubarak and more

The human rights group all over the world have lashed out at the Egypt government for blocking out Internet almost totally for its residents. Internet traffic monitoring companies like Renesys and Cedexis have said that more than 95 percent Internet traffic from Egypt has stopped in last 24 hours. Renesys Co founder James Cowie said “In an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet”. While top 4 operators including Etisalat Misr and Telecom Egypt went off air only Noor Group remained functional said the Internet traffic watchdogs.

Mobile services in Egypt suddenly hit a rough patch and users complained about errors in messaging and unprecedented network drops. These are aimed at thwarting the assembling of the protesters who were suing Internet and mobile service to keep in touch. Vodafone admitted receiving instructions from the government to block service in trouble prone areas.


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