Egyptian Protesters heard as Twitter and Google Team up

As Egypt has cut internet service, protesters are struggling to get their voice heard. Google, Twitter and SayNow have teamed up to allow protesters to post tweets via cell phone calls:

Callers in Egypt had three numbers to leave recorded messages, based in the United States (1-650-419-4196), in Italy (39-06) 6220-7294 and in Bahrain (973) 1619-9855.

Then the service will instantly send the recorded call as a Twitter message using the hashtag #egypt. They are subject to international calling charges, but Google and SayNow, which announced last month that it had been acquired by Google, are also exploring the possibility of setting up a local phone number in Egypt, someone close to the project said on Tuesday.

The tag #Egypt is going crazy right now. Within a few seconds there were almost a thousand new tweets.

Time will tell if the revolt will bring about democracy or a more radical government.

Very interesting idea though to bypass Egyptian government internet ban. I am just curious how long it will be until cell phone service is cut.


Internet Shutdown in Egypt due to Protests

The internet is down in Egypt. Government officials have shutdown the internet due to political protests there. Unlike in Iran and Tunisia, where officials just blocked social media sites, Egypt has now shutdown the majority of the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs). On Tuesday, just Twitter and Facebook were blocked. But now, ISPs that provide users access to the internet have been shutdown.

Only one remained live as of this morning according to an AP article on ValleyNewsLive:

Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr – and all went dark at 12:34 a.m. Those companies shuttle all Internet traffic into and out of Egypt, though many people get their service through additional local providers with different names.

Italy-based Seabone said no Internet traffic was going into or out of Egypt after 12:30 a.m. local time.

Only Noor, which handles the Egyptian stock exchange and foreign businesses was still functional.

BlackBerry internet access has also been reportedly disabled. Though some apps still seem to work, internet browsing no longer functions. With reports stating that landline phones are still functional, this really shows how important the internet has become. 

This seems to be the new standard operating procedure when there are riots in these dictator type countries. If their is political unrest, the internet goes down to try to stop images and reports from getting out of the country.

Most of the Government systems in the US are protected by Einstein, an automated self-defense system. Kind of makes you wonder why our country is pushing so hard to get an internet kill switch