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Egypt turns off Internet

2011-01-28 20:46:16.995293+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

I generally don't link to BoingBoing, but it's worth an exception: Sean Bonner: Egypt turns off internet, Lieberman wants same option for US.

In reading through those Wikileaks memos, it's plain that our government has, as a matter of policy, promoted stability over freedom. It's good to remember that that's what governments do.

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comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2011-02-01 14:17:54.996843+00 by: Dan Lyke

There are conflicting reports, but:

Generally there are only a few links in or out of a given country. Those are easy choke points. And if you only have a few ISPs, you can shut off their DNS servers (this seems to have been the first stage, oddly).

#Comment Re: made: 2011-02-01 07:09:28.755125+00 by: papa0s0

Im quite surprised that they were able to take all of their internet offline... i would have imagined such an undertaking to be a bit more complex, especially with all the wireless modems out there!

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-28 22:44:23.600608+00 by: Dan Lyke

Columbine has some more informed opinions than mine on the matter.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-28 21:29:29.436369+00 by: m

It is not the promotion of stability, but rather of "control over freedom." Attempts to gain stability through the use of power cause systems to destabilize.