Egypt’s Internet Kill Switch: Coming To America

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In response to widespread protests and mass unrest, the authoritarian Egyptian government has completely shut down the country’s access to the internet, eliminating the use of social networking websites, other effective tools of communication and organisation, and effectively sealing Egypt off from the rest of the world. Internet intelligence authority Renesys has confirmed that “virtually all of Egypt’s Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.” “At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to … Continue reading →