The ease with which Egypt was able to shutdown the Internet to cut off communications during violent, anti-government protests demonstrates the Internet's vulnerability in countries where there are few service providers.
Egypt, where protests stem from frustration over government corruption, a depressed economy, and a lack of political freedom, started its Internet blockade this week by cutting off access to Twitter and Facebook. The sites are often used by protesters in troubled nations to organize demonstrations and stay a step ahead of police. On Friday, the sites were still inaccessible.
"We saw a drop in Egyptian traffic on Thursday and are now seeing only minimal traffic from Egypt," Facebook said in a statement emailed to InformationWeek Friday....
Ah, the concluding paragraph of a Wall Street Journal blog,
Ben Rooney wrote: The power that the Egyptian state has exercised is a vivid demonstration of the importance of the internet, and one that other countries have noted. U.S. Senators Lieberman and Collins have tabled a Bill, the ‚ÄėProtecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act‚Äô, that would allow the Government to shut down internet access in the event of a ‚ÄúCybersecurity Emergency‚ÄĚ, and keep it offline indefinitely.
"Vodafone Egypt issued a statement saying all mobile phone operators had been ordered to suspend services in selected areas"
When the peasants are revolting then the authorities break them up into smaller more manageable groups to limit their size and power. These arbitrary, despotic administrations are exactly what the 'socialist' political ideal comes to eventually. Muslim countries appear to be run this way. Like Animal Farm, "some animals are more equal than others."