The strategy worked pretty well for Mubarak in Egypt.
Heading over to the Google (GOOG) Transparency tool this weekend shows that escalating tensions between the Citizenry of Libya and their leader Moammar Gadhafi have incited the leadership to cut off portions of the Internet.
One such bastion of revolution is YouTube, pictured below:
It appears that YouTube was almost entirely shut off the morning of February 17th and continues to be offline. There are also reports of FaceBook and Twitter blockage.
Wael Ghonim, Google's executive in Egypt and one of the leaders of the uprising, has been missing for a ten days. now Al Arabiya television says he's been set free.
Ten days ago, just as things were getting hot in Egypt, Wael Ghonim tweeted, "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25". That was the last communications MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 7, 2011 10:44 AM ET
Using the transparency tool, it looks like Egyptians are back online this morning.
Google's (GOOG) Transparency tool is a good way to see to what degree a government is denying/allowing their citizens access to the Internet. Usually China is where the action is, but over the past week, Egypt's government has turned off the Internet amid protests calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
While protests continue, as of this morning, the government has turned MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 2, 2011 8:24 AM ET
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Multiple outlets are reporting that Egypt has shut off local web access, a first in Internet history. Tweeted CNN reporter Ben Wedeman: "No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability. #Jan25 #Egypt" The move comes as thousands of Egyptian protesters call for an end to the 30-year dictatorship of 82-year-old MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 28, 2011 6:00 AM ET
Twitter and Facebook have seen outages occur as protestors, following the recent Tunisian example, demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak's reign.
In the history of political upheavals, communication is in many ways the most powerful tool available to both entrenched power and upstart. However control over those communications tends to lie firmly in the hands of the former. Case in point: According to reports across the Internet, for the last several MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 26, 2011 3:23 PM ET
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