Originally Posted by Axiom
Jon Stewart mentioned something the other night about people oversees using the social networks to organize protests and what have you. I wonder if they cut the webz in an attempt to halt the uprising that was mentioned to be brewing up.
Yeah, it's actually on real news programs, too.
Basically, groups are using twitter and facebook to organize mass rallies and riots. They are also using it to send messages, offer support between countries with similar problems, hence the concurrent upheavals in Tunisia, Lebanon and Yemen, and send handy tips for dealing with riot police/army. Like, don't wear contacts because tear gas will be trapped by them and sting all that more.
So, yeah - one hundred percent this is the Egyptian Government trying to lock down this movement and quell it before it spirals too large. However, I can't help think they didn't just make life long enemies by the young internet users in Egypt and perhaps other countries.
Also, I think the government has put the leader of the opposition under guard, too. Wonder how he is involved. Media is very slim at the moment, most of the footage is coming from Al Jazeera, but I'm watching with interest. Egypt was one of the more liberal Islamic countries... this doesn't bode well.
China is probably also taking notes on country wide internet shutdown.