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article imageInternet connection in Egypt restored

By Adeline Yuboco     Feb 2, 2011 in Internet
Cairo - Internet services have been restored by the Egyptian government on Wednesday after nearly a week-long shutdown implemented in the country. The Web comes back to Egyptians while violent clashes occur between protesters in Cairo.
Renesys, an Internet traffic monitoring firm, posted a blog entry stating that "Egyptian Internet service providers went back up at 11:29 am Cairo time. Services to 3G mobile and Blackberry phones are also up and running. Websites including the US Embassy in Cairo, the Egyptian Central Bank and Egyptian Stock Exchange are now also accessible via the Internet worldwide. Access to social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter have also been restored.
Authorities have shut down Internet connection within the country in an effort to make it harder for protestors to organize themselves and set up street protests to demand the end of the autocratic rule of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Some elements of Egypt's opposition have made effective use of social media like Facebook and Twitter to organize themselves and protests. More than 35,000 people, for example, have indicated they "like" the 6th of April Youth Movement's Facebook page, and Twitter has carried a steady stream of anti-Mubarak commentary.
The move of the Egyptian government to block virtually all access to the Internet in the country came after journalist Al Jazeera urged the citizens to utilize blogs and social networking websites to post eyewitness accounts and videos featuring protests against President Hosni Mubarak. This call came after the Cairo office of the Arab News Network was closed down and blocked off by the government.
In response to the efforts made by Al Jazeera to provide live video coverage to the protests in Egypt, the Egyptian government initially blocked access to Twitter and other social media networks. Two days later, Internet connection all throughout the country was blocked.
Protesters laid out hundreds of anti-Mubarak signs in front of the Mugamma  the main government buil...
Protesters laid out hundreds of anti-Mubarak signs in front of the Mugamma, the main government building in Tahrir Square.
Al Jazeera English
The restoration of Internet connection in the country came after President Mubarak promised that he will not run for re-election in the upcoming polls.
Despite the apparent Internet shutdown, Google teamed up with Twitter to provide protesters the ability to continue posting their tweets even without an Internet connection to keep the world updated on what is happening in the country. This was made possible by calling and voicing out their messages via different numbers provided by the said companies.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Army—who has been viewed as the primary arbiter between the government and protesters—have urged the public to return to their homes and end the protests.
"Your message has arrived, your demands became known," a spokesperson from the Army said, "you are capable of bringing normal life to Egypt."
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