Egypt’s Revolution Powered by The Internet

Egyptians are coming out in large numbers to demand that long time Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down. Inspired by the quick revolution in Tunisia, which was organized via the internet (following Wikileak’s revelation), people are using Twitter, Youtube, and Vimeo to spread the news. It is being reported that Twitter have been blocked (confirmed by Twitter). But people are getting around it by using proxy and anonymizer like Tor.There’s also difficulty communicating by phone. There’s also been power outages that people are speculating is an attempt to prevent them from recharging their cellphone and computers.

Hillary Clinton is reported to have reassured the media that Egypt’s leadership is stable.


Some video so far:

Video posted at Facebook: Police in Armored Carrier Firing Tear Gas

More update soon. Meanwhile you can follow the development through Twitter’s Egypt channel.

Update quickie:

Al Jazeera criticized for lack of coverage on Egypt’s revolution. (Al Jazeera AWOL – The Atlantic, Angry Arab News blog)

Peaceful protest earlier with chant of  “No to torture! No to corruption!” and “Egyptians say ‘Leave, Mubarak!'”. By 3:30 pm as protesters converge on downtown Cairo’s Tahrir square, battle broke out with riot police (The Independent).

Associated Press reported that three people were killed, including two protesters in Suez and a police officer who was hit in the head by a rock in Cairo. Crowd reported to have thrown a tear gas back at the police. (Times)


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