30 January 2011

Facts: Egypt is online without Internet service, cell phones or social networking

Do you know that Egypt Authorities had shutdown all the main communication media in the country??

As Egypt protest continues new means of communication draws forward with the help of “We Rebuild”, a group that has turned to landline phones, fax machines and ham radio in order to communicate messages out of the country.

Authorities in Egypt have continuously blocked the Internet access from country’s four major Internet providers abruptly due to the riots and unrest that is prevailing in the country from last one week. The Internet service was shutdown on Thursday at 22:34 GMT, but the Noor ISP which has access to about 8 percent of the market is currently available.

The Egyptian governments plans to cut off all the services that provides communication via e-mail, text messages, Twitter, BlackBerry service, Facebook, cell phones and blocking ISP has succeeded to some extent. But that has not deterred the engulfing masses who have resorted to transfer the message by old-school method like distributing page pamphlets which was very popular even before Internet existed.

And another means to communicate include, calling a number to reach a modem available in another country which directs them with access to the outside world. Presently, the “We Rebuild” group was able to establish connection in Sweden through the dial-up options. The activist group with theme “When countries block, we evolve”, wrote on Twitter has a wiki page set up to highlight on what is happening in the country.

Few of the radio messages passing on the air were “Internet not working, police cars burning” and “Today marks a great day for Egypt.”

However others have turned to services like Tor, which reroutes a user’s traffic through a network of volunteers’ computers across the globe which makes it impossible to trace. And some of them are using Hotspot Shield, software that secures Web surfing session.

There are also reports about Satellite modems and phones entering the country in order to bypass government controlled telecommunication companies to connect with United States or Europe.

The Egyptian people continue to demonstrate protest and rallies in order to ouster the three year old Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Source: IB Time, Buzz Feed

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