Many, not the least of which being Renesys, have now noted that Egypt appears to have cut off its own access to the internet in the face of unrest. Not just filtered things they don’t like, or throttled traffic to discourage use. They’ve shut it down – except perhaps for the stock markets. There has been no interruption of course to the traffic flowing through the country from Europe to Asia on those critical cable systems, nor is there likely to be since Egypt is clearly doing this at the IP layer via its own ISPs. Still, one has to wonder just what repercussions will be felt worldwide when an entire country goes dark.
If nothing else, this has shown us just what it could mean if the government has a kill switch for the internet. They all want one, of course, and it’ll be there to protect us. But they’ll never actually use it unless they feel *themselves* in danger. And I’ll tell you what, it isn’t going to work in Egypt. It’s just going to piss the protesters off even more. I don’t smell a peaceful end to this. Mubarak had best get his helicopter refueled.
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