New Case Study: Keeping Egyptians Connected without any Connectivity
After 3 days of demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir (Independence) Square, and ahead of a large protest planned for the upcoming Friday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak decided to revoke citizens' access to the world wide web.
Twitter had been flooded with Tweets tagged with the hashtag for the uprising, #Jan25, and the admins of a network of Facebook pages were keeping one another, Egyptians, and the world abreast of what was happening with a regular stream of images, videos and text updates.
After the Egyptian government shut down all but one of the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPS), how would information about the protests reach the world? And if it didn't, would Mubarak's military dictatorship be granted impunity to crack down on protesters with brutal force?
As the likelihood of a similar internet shut off increases in still roiling Syria, check out our new case study on how global civil society marshaled its resources to help Egyptians stay online.