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In Breaking News, World News on January 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

Update — January 31, 2011

Army soldiers atop an Armoured Personel Carrier (APC) guard the area near the Pyramids in Cairo

1st Female Egyptian Rapper, Princess Emmanuelle Speaks with Carla B and Shares Encouraging Words For Freedom Fighters in Kamit ~~~

Empressone Emmanuelle

“Yes I am in Brazil doing some shows yet in touch with the news in Kamit, and want to relay that I am in Solidarity with all the Revolutionaries and Freedom Fighters in Kamit… For them to remain Spiritually Strong and Move through Trust, Unity and Love… EnshAllah the Most High will continue to blesS and protect their every step for they are Speaking in the name of JUSTICE…. Their ancestors, such as Maat will open her wings to them (Maat is the ancient symbol Female Deity of Justice and Truth)… Ashe´…

Tweets Get Through Internet Blocks

Don’t call it a Twitter Revolution just yet. Sure, protesters in the Middle East are using the short-messaging service — and other social media tools — to organize… But don’t confuse tools with root causes, or means with ends. The protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen are against dictators who’ve held power — and clamped down on their people — for decades. That’s the fuel for the engine of dissent. The dozen or more protesters that self-immolated in Egypt didn’t do it for the tweets.

Ok, everyone got that?!

Twitter is not the root cause of these uprisings. Twitter was not repressed. Twitter did not get inspired by events in other countries. And when risks are taken, Twitter does not get beaten over the head with batons or blasted in the face with toxic gases.

All those parts are handled by people.

Twitter can help organize. Facebook can help get the word out. Telephones can help. And sometimes, one assumes, yelling across a courtyard plays a role.

How helpful is social media? I don’t think we know the answer to that yet, but it’s worth noting that repressive regimes are pretty anxious to shut off access to it when movements get rolling.

What I’ve been reading online in regards to the crisis in Egypt has been somewhat unbearing — and now there is this often attacked straw man argument that social media is leading revolutions.

No one thinks that’s the case. Twitter doesn’t wear a beret. Facebook doesn’t have a goatee and a cache of arms. And the Internet did not write this post.

But it made it a lot easier for me to get it to you.

Three women gesture for victory as they attend a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday Jan.30, 2011. Minutes before the start of a 4 p.m. curfew, at least two jets appeared and made multiple passes over downtown, including a central square where thousands of protesters were calling for the departure of President Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)


January 29, 2011

By: Carla B.

Almost simultaneously, many of the companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule, experts reported on all major media outlets. Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major Internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the Internet to try and silence.

With police stations and the governing party’s headquarters in flames and much of Egypt in open revolt, President Hosni Mubarak deployed the nation’s military and imposed a near-total blackout on communications to save his authoritarian government of nearly 30 years.

Is this real….does censorship on this level happen in 2011?

Censorship is still pretty common in many countries around the world and as crazy and ghastly as this may sound…Egypt is not the first country to attempt to censor it’s citizens.

China has also restricted what its people can see online and received scrutiny for the practice when Google proclaimed that it would stop censoring its search results in China. Iran has also disrupted internet service over protests in the past.

Egypt Goes Dark…

Egypt goes dark...

Egypt shut down most internet connections including facebook, twitter and google behind reports of  violent clashes between police and  protesters.

Egyptian authorities asked mobile operators to turn down the network totally.Vittorio Colao, chief executive of UK based Vodafone Group which owns over 50% of Egypt’s carriers agreed to this request, saying it was legitimate under Egyptian law, but he hoped the government would reverse course soon.

Many of the mobile operators in Egypt, including Vodafone, rely on Telecom Egypt, the incumbent national fixed-line provider, to carry parts of their service. Telecom Egypt is majority owned by the government.

Egypt has dozens of Internet providers, but they rely primarily on five large carriers, including Telecom Egypt, for Internet connectivity.

Starting at 10:12 p.m. local time on Thursday night, Telecom Egypt went dark, followed by the four remaining main carriers over the next 13 minutes, said Jim Cowie, chief technology officer of Renesys Corp., a network security firm in Manchester, N.H. By 10:25 p.m., the country no longer existed on the Internet, he said.

It was also confirmed earlier in the week that “some” Egyptians were unable to access Twitter. However Government officials has denied this.

Egyptians take pictures with their cell phones of a police station that was set ablaze by rioters near the Sultan Hassan al-Rifai mosque in central Cairo

Rumors circulated last night there is a complete internet block in the capital.

And web analysts now report the majority of the country’s internet is now unreachable.

American network security specialists Arbor Networks have released a graph showing the dramatic drop in internet traffic overnight.

Internet usage has dropped to virtually nil overnight (Photo credit: Arbor Networks)