What Role Have Multinationals Played in Egypt’s Communication Shutdown?
There are a set of human-rights norms around when governments can restrict free flow of information. I would say this is pretty close to a violation.
When the Egyptian government created a partial communications blackout on Thursday, shutting Internet and cell-phone service, it asked for the cooperation of foreign mobile phone companies. UK-based Vodafone complied, saying it had no choice but to cut service.