#Egypt Restores Internet #jan25

The Egyptian government restored Internet service to the country Wednesday, ending an unprecedented week-long shutdown aimed at making it harder for protesters to organize.

In the end, the shutdown proved less an impediment than a source of fresh anger among ordinary Egyptians who suddenly lost contact with friends and family overseas. Protesters had no trouble pulling together larger and larger crowds, culminating with an estimated 250,000 people that gathered in central Cairo Tuesday to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule. Egypt Restores Internet ServiceWall Street Journal


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Transparency Report’s traffic numbers (above) provide a stark illustration of the impact of the Egyptian government’s Internet shutdown that began last week. See Christian Science Monitor story

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Egyptian authorities have restored Internet service to the country after anti-government protests last week led to a five-day Net blackout.

“Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29 a.m. Cairo time),” said a blog post by Net monitoring firm Renesys today. Read CNet story Egypt Gets its Internet Back

Renesys has been the main source for the media to get information about Internet service in Egypt. The Renesys insight has been echoed through blogs, Twitter and Facebook since the shutdown a week ago. Obviously, a PR coup for Renesys.

Help Egyptians Get Online #jan25 #egypt

#openmesh Egypt – Engineers brainstorming how to bring a mesh network to Egypt via the site forums and Twitter, using the hashtag #openmesh.

How to set up a Tor relay - Tor is a system that provides anonymized Internet access. According to ReadWriteWeb, use of Tor in Egypt has skyrocketed. You can donate bandwidth as a Tor relay using just about any operating system.

Wiki of resources, IRC chat rooms, and alternate communications platforms, such as ham radio.


Egyptians Breaking Through

Matthew Cassel, an American journalist who is also the assistant editor of The Electronic Intifada, managed to upload these clips of Sunday’s protests in Tahrir Square to his YouTube channel:

Some amazing new video coming out of Egypt by Wael Abbas, an Egyptian journalist and blogger.

Tens of Thousands in Demonstration in Galae Square, Cairo from Ramy Raoof

Speak2tweet, offers Egyptians with access to telephones a number to call to record their reflections and share them with the world.

Twitter: #jan25 #Egypt

Clearly, the scent of Tunisia’s “jasmine revolution” has quickly reached Egypt. Following the successful expulsion in Tunis of the dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the call arose on Facebook for an Egyptian revolution, to begin on Jan. 25. Yet the public here mocked those young people who had taken to Twitter and Facebook to post calls for protest: Since when was the spark of revolution ignited on a pre-planned date? Had revolution become like a romantic rendezvous?

Such questions abounded on social networking sites; but even cynics — myself included — became hopeful as the calls continued to circulate. In the blink of an eye, the Twitter and Facebook generation had successfully rallied hundreds of thousands to its cause, across the nation. Most of them were young people who had not been politically active, and did not belong to the traditional circles of the political opposition. The Muslim Brotherhood is not behind this popular revolution, as the regime claims. Those who began it and organized it are seething in anger at police cruelty and the repression and torture meted out by the Hosni Mubarak regime. – See Date With a Revolution, The New York Times Opinion

Fight to Get Internet Through to Egypt

“When countries block, we evolve,” an activist with the group We Rebuild wrote in a Twitter message Friday. See Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online, Computerworld

We Rebuild is a decentralized cluster of net activists who have joined forces to collaborate on issues concerning access to a free Internet without intrusive surveillance.

Egypt’s sealing off the country from the rest of the internet has provoked a series of low-tech initiatives aimed at allowing at least some sort of connection.

Yesterday a small French ISP, NDF opened up a dial-up line to allow access to anyone with a modem.

The international dial-up numbers only work for people with access to a telephone modem and an international calling service, which not all Egyptians have. See Egypt Cuts Off The Net, Net Fights Back, Wall Street Journal

Twitter: #jan25 #Egypt

Egypt Internet, social media users find some relief, Cairo blogger says, Los Angeles Times

#Egypt Twitter Feed

Events are moving very rapidly in Egypt. Some reports say cell phone service is back on, Internet is still down. Twitter news still streaming in from outside sources. See below for #jan25 Twitter feed, also carrying Egypt news echoed through Twitter. Private jets are departing Egypt. The wealthy are fleeing. Masses of people and the Army are bonding.  An extraordinary scene.