Egypt Shut Down Its Net With a Series of Phone Calls
This action is inconsistent with all international human rights norms, and is unprecedented in Internet history. Egypt’s actions will only fuel unrest and make peaceful resolution of grievances far more difficult.
Egypt’s largest ISPs shut off their networks Thursday, making it impossible for traffic to get to websites hosted in Egypt or for Egyptians to use e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. The regime of President Hosni Mubarak also ordered the shut down of mobile phone networks, including one run by the U.K.-based Vodafone, all in an attempt to undermine the growing protests over Mubarak’s autocratic rule of the country.