Posts tagged “Egypt”

Why’d a Battle-Ready Mubarak Turn Egypt’s Internet Back On?

“Just last night it was that a defiant Hosni Mubarak stood up in front of the world, and more importantly, the people of Egypt, to declare that he’d be hanging on to power, at least for the near future, no matter what pressure international or domestic. And it was just earlier today that pro-Mubarak forces cracked down violently on protestors in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in some cases galloping in on horseback and camelback; the ensuing chaos has, according to Egyptian’s health ministry, left three people dead and more than six hundred wounded.”

From Personal Democracy Forum

Mubarak’s Digital Dilemma: Why Egypt’s Internet Controls Failed

What impact has Internet censorship had on the Egyptian mobilization and what will be the result of the country’s recent reconnection?

Forbes technology journalist Andy Greenberg assesses why Mubarak has replugged the Internet, and the political impact of Internet censorship on mobilization in Egypt. Greenberg includes the Citizen Lab’s advisory to Egyptian Internet users to use anonymity software such as Tor in order to ensure privacy at a time of potential government surveillance.

From Forbes

Hackers Shut Down Government Sites

“The online group Anonymous said Wednesday that it had paralyzed the Egyptian government’s Web sites in support of the antigovernment protests.

Anonymous, a loosely defined group of hackers from all over the world, gathered about 500 supporters in online forums and used software tools to bring down the sites of the Ministry of Information and President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, said Gregg Housh, a member of the group who disavows any illegal activity himself. The sites were unavailable Wednesday afternoon.

The attacks, Mr. Housh said, are part of a wider campaign that Anonymous has mounted in support of the antigovernment protests that have roiled the Arab world. Last month, the group shut down the Web sites of the Tunisian government and stock exchange in support of the uprising that forced the country’s dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee.”

From The New York Times

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.