Communications black out shuts down web and phones in Egypt

A sort of undeclared electronic curfew has descended on Egypt as the government of authoritarian ruler (dictator is such an ugly word) Hosni Mubarak has rushed to shut down any form of communication that can allow pro-democracy protesters, activists, and commentators to communicate among themselves or to other citizens.

CNN: Reports say Egypt Web shutdown is coordinated, extensive

Here’s the website of an anti-censorship project from Harvard University which attempts to track censorship of websites around the world: www.Herdict.org

From the Washington Post: US warns against blocking social media, elevates Internet freedom policies A choice tidbit from that article:

The State Department is currently working on plans to spend $30 million on Internet freedom projects, including software that enables activists to break through firewalls imposed by oppressive governments.

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