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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Internet Back in Egypt

After a little over a week Egypt's internet finally returned this morning. 

Egyptian Protestors


Amidst massive rioting, protesting and what I like to call extreme activism. Internet lines in Egypt have finally been restored as of 11:29 Cairo time. Egyptians now have access to their favorite social networking sites, and are wasting no time getting communications re-opened and hitting Facebook, Twitter and the like to set up protests, rallies and meetings.  

The internet played a major roll in Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's decision to not seek re-election this term, and after 30 years of his regime controlling the lives of Egyptians they are now finally free to vote in a leader of their choice. 

The one thing that sticks out in my mind is how something like this happened, the internet is now making it much easier for people to pool together resources in order to achieve a massive goal. This is the second time already this year that a dictator has been overthrown thanks to the power of free and global communications. 

So let the moral of the story be this; The internet can be a VERY VERY powerful tool and should be considered one of our greatest assets as it is the only place left for completely unedited information. Created by the people and for the people.

Hit the link for a Washington Post article

Article: Egypt Restores Internet as Turmoil Rises


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