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  1. #1 With Wired Internet Locked, Egypt Looks to the Sky 
    With Wired Internet Locked, Egypt Looks to the Sky

    By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News

    On Wednesday afternoon, Mohammad Al-Najjar received an unexpected text message from a contact in Egypt: "We r at war here pray4 us."

    The message came as the Egyptian government continued an unprecedented block on Internet traffic and mobile communications providers on Friday following mass demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarek to resign.

    Al-Najjar, a 25-year-old accounts manager for an IT company in Amman, Jordan, has been watching the demonstrations closely, collaborating with other friends online to figure out ways for people in Egypt to send information.

    The SMS was sent via Etisalat, a carrier based in the United Arab Emirates, Al-Najjar said. It shows that the Egyptian government may not have completely clamped down on mobile services. Vodafone Egypt said in a statement Friday that "all mobile operators have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas."

    "SMSs were not going through for a couple of days now, and we think it was intentional," Al-Najjar said.

    Although the Internet remains locked down in Egypt, Al-Najjar has been participating in the lively stream of posts on Twitter using the hashtags #Jan25 and #Egypt.

    Some of those postings suggest the use of satellite Internet services offered by companies such as Thuraya, Iridium and Inmarsat.

    "While in conversation last night, two guys said that they will have the ability to buy one of those phones and transmit," Al-Najjar said. "They were given 18 [phone] numbers outside Egypt to send [photos] to."

    Foreign media posted in Cairo published dramatic photos on Friday of protestors battling police firing tear gas and using water cannons to disperse crowds. But absent Internet or mobile phone access, it's much more difficult for most Egyptians to self-publish, an act that has become an increasingly important component of breaking news coverage.
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    I've heard that a group is organizing ham radio operators to help with communications. You really can't stop this anymore.
    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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    Too true. In another couple of years even governments won't be able to stop it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Too true. In another couple of years even governments won't be able to stop it.
    Years ago as I grew to despise America Online, I was confident that one day the internet would be beamed in from outer space, using satellites owned by stateless corporations. I'm still waiting. I hate Time Warner/Brighthouse
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