“For the first time in modern history a major Internet economy is being shut down. The Egyptian government appears to have cut off web and mobile phone access to much, if not most of its citizens ahead of a weekend of mass demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak,” Parmy Olson reports for Forbes.
“Mobile phone networks have reportedly been disrupted, leaving millions without access to text messaging or phone calls,” Olson reports. “The country’s key Internet Service Providers are also off the air, says James Cowie, the chief technology officer of Internet monitoring firm Renesys on his blog. ‘Virtually all of Egypt’s Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.'”
Olson reports, “Activists have taken to Twitter to report on the situation while the local dialup network NOOR appears to still be online. One tweet that has been doing the rounds recommends that locals who have NOOR access or a working Wifi router remove their passwords in order to share access with neighbors.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This ought to make thinking, freedom-loving people very wary of granting any government the power of an “Internet kill switch.” This is a clarion reminder that things that one day might sound prudent and rational to some can sound completely misguided and crazy the next. You never know who will gain power or how they’ll abuse it until it’s too late.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]