Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline

29 January 2011

The political situation in Egypt, where people are protesting against the virtual dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, has meant that it has become the first country in the world to block all internet and cellular access.

This sorry state of affairs has come about for a variety of reasons. If you need your head refreshed as the build up to this enforced isolation from the rest of the world take a look at this timely animation by Michael Marantz. It takes the Tunisian explosion of demonstrations as its starting point and brings you up to date.

Let’s hope the people of Egypt can break themselves free from the shackles of truly repressive government in the very near future.

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