Friday, January 28, 2011


Since we talked about this in class, I figured I’d pass on this piece of information:

Steven J. Vaughn-Nicholls:

According to James Cowie, Renesys’ CTO, “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. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.” [emphasis added]

This happened about 19 hours ago …

This is the first time that a government has locked its population out of the world wide community of the Internet.

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