Posts tagged “Egypt”

Egypt Returns To The Internet

“Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time). Websites such as the Egyptian Stock Exchange, Commercial International Bank of Egypt, MCDR, and the US Embassy in Cairo, are once again reachable.

All major Egyptian ISPs appear to have readvertised routes to their domestic customer networks in the global routing table, with the exception of Noor Group (AS20928). Recall that Noor was the exception (until Monday) to the Internet blackout, so they are as much an anomaly in restoration as they were in outage. (Update: Noor group back online with a full complement of prefixes as of 12:52pm Cairo time. Better late than never.)”

From Renesys Blog

Protecting your Internet traffic in volatile times

“We’re glad that the Internet Service Providers in Egypt are announcing their routes to the world and have rejoined the Internet. We are concerned because it is possible that traffic crossing the Egyptian border is being recorded and possibly saved for future use. Correctly using Tor to and from Egyptian destinations will keep your traffic anonymous.”

From Tor

Egypt Goes Offline

“If and when stability returns to Egypt, will the new order involve more freedom, or less? In one key respect, Egypt is much less free now than it was a week ago. In what network expert James Cowie calls an ‘unprecedented development,’ the Egyptian government has shut down cellular and Internet traffic. Host Steven Cherry talks with Cowie, the chief technology officer and cofounder of Renesys, a network management company headquartered in Manchester, N.H.”

From IEEE Spectrum

Tech companies rally to give Egyptians voice

“While Egypt has cracked down on Internet and cellular connectivity, tech companies are stepping up to try to ensure the tool is still available.

On Friday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote a post entitled The Tweets Must Flow reinforcing his company’s position on freedom of expression. Over the weekend Google worked, along with help from Twitter and a newly acquired company called SayNow, to launch a new service that’s helping Egyptians get the word out. Speak To Tweet lets anyone call an international number and leave a voicemail tweet, which will instantly be shared on Twitter using the hashtag #egypt. As Google says on its blog, they are hoping this tool will help “people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time.””

From The Globe and Mail

New Service Lets Voices From Egypt Be Heard

“With the unruly sounds of protests in the background, the Egyptian man declared there were 50,000 demonstrators in the streets of Cairo.

“And the number is growing,” he said, raising his voice to be heard on the recording.

Unedited, raw, anonymous and emotional, Egyptian voices are trickling out through a new service that evades attempts by the authorities to suppress them by cutting Internet services.

There is still some cellphone service, so a new social-media link that marries Google, Twitter and SayNow, a voice-based social media platform, gives Egyptians three phone numbers to call and leave a message, which is then posted on the Internet as a recorded Twitter message. The messages are at and can also be heard by telephone.”

From The New York Times

CBC’s Spark Radio Interviews Director Ron Deibert

Nora Young of CBC Radio interviews Ron Deibert on the Egyptian government’s censorship of the Internet in the wake of the recent political unrest in the country. Deibert classifies the incident as unprecedented in scope and scale, but not in type.

CBC Radio interviews Director Ron Deibert on Egypt’s Internet Blackout

What are the cyber surveillance and human rights implications of Egypt’s Internet shutdown?

This morning, Ron Deibert comments on the CBC radio show Metro Morning. Deibert speaks to the actions taken by Egyptians to get back online and to access additional information media. In discussing government surveillance of alternative information options, Professor Deibert elaborates on how Egyptian security services may be able to monitor and identify key dissidents.

Listen here from CBC

More news websites blocked in Iran

“Iranians have found their access to major news websites even more restricted than usual as more foreign sites were blocked by a government filter, Reuters witnesses observed on Monday.

Yahoo News and, both usually accessible in Iran, were unavailable, joining other long-blocked news sites such as the BBC and social networks Facebook and Twitter as beyond the reach of Iranians using a standard Internet connection.

There was no official confirmation of new Internet restrictions. One Iranian government official contacted by Reuters said authorities were “looking into the source of the problem” to remove it.”

From The Globe and Mail

Egypt’s only Internet provider still in service: why is Noor online?

“Amidst the Internet blackout in Egypt that experts have deemed the “worst in Internet history,” one service provider, the Noor Group, has been up and running nearly uninterrupted since the protests in Egypt began.

Why has the Noor Group, a smaller network provider that claims around 8% market share, continued to connect users to the Web while other Internet service providers have shut off connections?

Noor’s ongoing service may be linked to the high-profile businesses and key Egyptian economic institutions that it services. As Le Monde and NewsGrange have noted, Noor’s clients include sizable multi-national corporations, as well as Egypt Air. Perhaps most notably, Noor’s network also hosts a cluster of key financial properties, such as the Egyptian stock exchange, Commercial International Bank of Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt, and the Egyptian credit bureau and the clearing house for trades that occur on the country’s stock exchange.”

From The Huffington Post