Friday, January 28, 2011
The Government Has Shut Down the Internet - Part One
Egypt appears to be in the grip of a genuine open-source revolution, and the government has responded (as, I'm sure, almost all governments would) by shutting down the Internet, cell phones, and all modern communications. The mobs were coordinating via social networking software, so it's not an unreasonable thing for them to do in self-preservation. Shutting down communications beats shooting kids, like the Iranians did, right?
If you're new around here, you won't know that I wrote about this last summer. It's a "beginner-level" piece, and not written from the standpoint of an open-source revolt, but from the standpoint of government shut down of "vitriolic rhetoric". I think it's a good starting point. I'm going to do something I don't think I've ever done, and re-post an old post in it's entirety: