Egypt the undemocratic state has disconnected major parts of its external internet connection

Egypt disconnects internet cable – viva la revolución!

Swedish news mentions it (and international too)and the graphics paint a clear picture – Egypt has basically disconnected its internet connection. Telecomix, among others, is an organisation trying to help Egyptians communicate with the outside world. TV4 recently called me to ask “how Telecomix are trying to help” – and what does one do when internet fails? Radio communication, and that’s what is most important right now. Several Telecomix agents have already succeeded in building an information spreading communication network with reporting entities in Egypt.

Egypt the undemocratic state has disconnected major parts of its external internet connection

As further protests against incumbent President Hosni Mubarak’s rule sweep the nation, Internet traffic from the country has dropped to a fraction of its previous levels – with some Internet monitoring services claiming a dip of between 88 and 98 per cent.

I would like you to take this into account when choosing where you’re going on your vacation. Do you really wish to support states like these for your own enjoyment? It is no news that these nations are corrupt, power hungry and disrespect basic human liberties.

The events taking place today in Egypt are merely a result of the lack of respect for human and civil rights in that nation. This has now spread, since shit hit the fan, to actually disconnecting major parts of the internet and phone communications in Egypt (compare with US talk on internet kill switch):

Statement – Vodafone Egypt
All mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas. Under Egyptian legislation the authorities have the right to issue such an order and we are obliged to comply with it. The Egyptian authorities will be clarifying the situation in due course .

We are in Telecomix trying to establish amateur/ham radio connections to allow communication inside and outside of Egypt. These connections are much harder to block for an oppressive regime and thus a necessary alternative when the internet is inaccessible.

Latest news from the hamradio pad is:

40m band, 7.050-7.200 MHz LSB, focusing on 7.110, 318.5 degrees(northwest/north from cairo), Saturday night until the morning (16:00-05:00 UTC). ON/KC0SJH will be calling CQ

For anyone interested in helping out, get on IRC! #jan25 for Egypt discussions and #hamradio for making communications work out. The network is irc.telecomix.org or direct chat for #telecomix.

There is no way to stop communication. If you do, someone always finds a way around it. Information must be spread. Never stop transmitting, never stop sharing. Tell the world around you what is happening. Let the events in Tunisia and Egypt make their way out into neighbouring countries. Let the events spread throughout the world. What happens far away may happen close to you. When do we stop accepting oppressive nations “near home”? When are attempts to censor and filter in our own democratic nations too much – and when will the international information revolution begin?

Has it perhaps already begun?

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