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Internet shutdown 'will never happen again,' says Egypt's IT chief
Yasser Elkady survived Egypt's revolution to remain CEO of the country's IT development arm. He is now in the U.S. traveling city to city to meet with IT companies to assure them that Egypt remains a good place to do business.

Social networks credited with role in toppling Egypt's Mubarak
As Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak gave up power Friday, analysts and some of the Egyptian protestors said he'd still be in charge if not for the power of social networking.

Google exec freed from Egyptian custody
Google executive Wael Ghonim has been released from government custody in Egypt today and has already tweeted about his freedom.

Why there's no such thing as an 'Internet kill switch'
The Egyptian uprising showed that you can't stop the Internet. Why? Because it's made out of people. Mike Elgan explains.

Amid protests, Egypt's tech chief goes to work
As protests in Egypt continue, the head of the government agency charged with developing the nation's tech sector, Yasser El-Kady, has been going to work, doing conference calls with tech firms -- and planning for the future.

Egyptian activist: Internet shutdown backfired
The Egyptian government's order to shut down the Internet backfired, an activist says.

The Internet kill switch that isn't
A cybersecurity proposal wouldn't allow the U.S. president to shut down the Internet, as has happened in Egypt.

Blocking Internet cost Egypt at least $90M, says OECD
The Egyptian government's five-day block of Internet services cost the national economy at least $90 million, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday.

Update: Egypt restores links to Internet
Egyptian Web sites that have been unreachable for days began to reappear Wednesday.

Egypt reverses 'kill switch' to restore Internet access
Egypt returned to the Internet earlier today by reversing the "kill switch" move it made last week when it withdrew router announcements, experts said.

Was Egypt oversold as top offshoring spot?
Before Egypt turned off the Internet, the country had received increasingly high marks from leading analysis firms as a promising offshore outsourcing destination, despite the nation's political risk.

Google offers voice-tweeting service for Egyptians
SayNow may be better known for helping the Jonas Brothers and the NBA leave short voicemail messages for their fans, but on Monday it found another purpose: helping Egyptians communicate with the rest of the world.

Egypt goes dark as last Internet company pulls the plug
Four days after the Egyptian government ordered Internet service providers to disconnect from the Internet, the country's last working Internet company has abruptly vanished from cyberspace.

Vodafone says it had to cut mobile service in Egypt
Vodafone made it clear to a world watching deadly protests in Egypt that no matter how sophisticated and secure a privately-run communications network may be, it is still under the government's thumb.

Mobile phone service restored in Egypt
Vodafone and France Telecom say mobile phone service was restored in Egypt on Saturday as demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's government continued across the country on Monday.

Microsoft shifts some work out of Egypt
Microsoft, one of the companies located in Cairo's Smart Villages hi-tech office park, has begun shifting work to other locations in the wake of the on-going unrest in Egypt.

Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online
Despite the government having shut down most of the Internet, people around the world are offering dial-up modem numbers and other primitive tools for people in Egypt.

How Egypt pulled its Internet plug
To sever its link with the outside digital world, Egypt "raised the drawbridge" in mere minutes by forcing the country's providers to make simple changes to their routers, experts said on Friday.

Egypt's 'Net shutdown a wakeup call for CIOs
Reading the news of Egypt's Internet crackdown, CIOs around the world may be wondering how their companies would fare if such a situation happened in their home countries.

Secy. Clinton wants end to 'Net blackout in Egypt
Political leaders are raising concerns about the Egyptian government's blocking of the Internet in response to unrest.

Anatomy of an Internet blackout
The shutdown of Egypt's ties to the rest of the global Internet was not announced by the government -- instead, 3,500 Internet routes suddenly vanished, with more continuing to wink out, leaving network operators in North America to wonder what exactly had happened and what the ripple effects might be.

Egypt's Internet block aims at social media
Through its broad attempt to shut down Internet communications, Egypt's government has not only successfully blocked Twitter but also significantly limited access to Facebook, Yahoo and Google, as it scrambles to squelch political unrest.

Egypt's tech workers stay home as turmoil spreads
The growing anti-government protests in Egypt are disrupting the growing tech industry in the country, according to a tech executive in the country.

Egypt unrest threatens status as rising outsourcing star
What happens if the country you outsource to suddenly goes dark? Early adopters of Egyptian IT and business process services are finding out.

Egypt's 'Net blockage an 'Armageddon approach'
The Internet blockade imposed by the Egyptian government following civil unrest is unprecedented, both in its nature and scope, according to network monitoring firms.

With wired Internet locked, Egypt looks to the sky
The Egyptian government continued an unprecedented block on Internet traffic and mobile communications providers today following demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarek.

Vodafone, others ordered to stop cell phone service in Egypt
Vodafone Group has shut down cell phone service in Egypt after being ordered to do so by the government, which is under siege by protesters.

With protests growing, Egypt cuts links to Internet
As protesters continue to clash with police in anti-government demonstrations, Egypt has pulled the plug on the Internet.

Egypt's move to block Twitter a sign of social media influence
The Egyptian governments move to shut down access to Twitter in the country indicates how powerful social media can be as a protest tool.

Twitter blocked in Egypt after political unrest
Twitter was blocked in Egypt on Tuesday as the country witnessed a large protest against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

Should Internet and phone service providers obey government shutdown orders like those in Egypt?



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Is the role of social media in Egypt being overstated?

A look at the numbers behind Facebook usage in Egypt shows that social media's footprint is a little smaller than what some might have expected.

There is no Internet 'kill-switch' --except metaphorically.

As dramatic as the term sounds, there is no Internet 'kill switch'. Not physically anyway, and not in the way many people might assume it works.

Egypt Internet returns; violent protests continue

Egypt flagAs violent protests break out in Egypt, her Internet is at least working again. By yesterday afternoon, connectivity had been restored, presumably by order of the Mubarak government. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fear for Egyptians' safety. Not to mention how to write in longhand...

With no Internet, Egypt news freed by Google SayNow #Jan25

Egypt's Internet disconnected by Hosni Mubarak, so try to tweet via voice. Google's SayNow stands by Egyptian democracy protestors, helping them Speak2Tweet logocommunicate.
As the final Egypt Internet connection disappears, how can protesters get their messages out? Google's latest acquisition, SayNow, is offering a free service for Egyptians to phone in their messages: speak2tweet. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wish Egyptians everywhere السلام عليكم. Not to mention Lackadaisy Expressions...

Protests in Egypt challenge assumptions about social media influence

The unprecedent Internet clampdown in Egypt appears to have done little so far to stymie the protests in the country.

Get Internet access when your government shuts it down

Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

Egypt: You can’t Tweet if there’s no Internet.

The Internet shut down in Egypt shows how trivial it can be to neutralize Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and a whole lot else besides.