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Egypt Leaves the Internet (Renesys blog)
Posted Jan 28, 2011 20:15 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Unless you feel like raiding the centers and forcing the power back on.
Even wireless can blocked. When it comes to the internet your still dependent on the physical world and the people with the guns set the rules.
Posted Jan 28, 2011 22:55 UTC (Fri) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
Posted Jan 28, 2011 23:23 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Of course governments have had no problem just making pretexts out of thin air in order to squash political dissent. The majority of governments carry out acts of violence against their own citizens as just a matter of course and then dream up justifications well after the fact.
Posted Jan 31, 2011 13:36 UTC (Mon) by morganr (subscriber, #43385)
You are proposing to side-step the question of taking over tv stations/ISPs/telephone exchanges by building a second communications network alongside the existing one. This won't work for two reasons 1) people who are revolting because £50 a month wage minus £30 rent can't buy food will not have the necessary equipment, 2) The Egyptian government can use some of the $1.3bn military aid from the US to buy 2.4GHz radio detector vans to drive around and arrest regime opponents with their own network.
Classically in Barcelona and St. Petersburg the revolutionaries were able to take control of the telephone/telegraph exchange and prevent the state from organising itself effectively. The same logic applies today, just that the IP infrastructure that is also important in organising a revolution or its counter-revolution.
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