(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Reports from the area claim that the Egytian government commenced shutting down the internet connection for the entire country, leaving its citizens unable to gain access to the web. As of now, attempts for outsiders to gain access to Egytian sites are also failing.
The move by the Egytian government comes after activists had begun coordinating protests on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. The government failed in blocking the social sites due to “get-arounds” through third-party websites.
According to News Scientist, James Cowie of Renesys, an internet access monitoring company, said in a blog post last night, “The Egyptian government’s actions tonight have essentially wiped their country from the global map. What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the internet?”
Egyptians attempting to gain online access now have very limited options, since reports also indicate that wireless networks have also been shut down.
As of now, it seems that the only way of getting the country back online is by solving the political problem the country is currently facing.