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Read This: Shut Up About 'Social Media Revolutions' in the Middle East, Please

[While] the recent round of uprisings may seem spontaneous to western observers – and therefore as magically disruptive as a rush-hour flash mob in San Francisco – the actual history of popular regime change tends to diminish the central role commonly ascribed to technology. By emphasising the liberating role of the tools and downplaying the role of human agency, such accounts mak...

Kidnapped Google Engineer Thanks Zuckerberg, Says Egypt Revolution 'Started on Facebook'

Wael Ghonim, the Google engineer who was kidnapped and eventually released by the Egyptian regime, would apparently like to thank Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for making the revolution possible. "I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him," Ghonim told CNN, adding, quite humbly, that he was speaking "on behalf of Egypt." "This revolution started online," said the engineer who, it sho...

Bill Gates: Mubarak's Internet Blockade Is in Vain

Bill Gates sat down with Katie Couric for a little one-on-one yesterday, and the conversation naturally turned to the current events in Egypt. For his part, the Microsoft founder wasn't terribly shocked that Hosni Mubarak managed to shut down the Internet across the country. "It's not that hard to shut the Internet down if you have military power, where you can tell people that's what's going to ...

Twitter, Google Bypass Egyptian Internet Ban by Launching Speak2Tweet

Since you live under a rock, you've probably missed this whole "Egypt is in the midst of a possible revolution" thing that's been going on for the past week. To catch you up: since Egyptians still have basically no Internet or SMS connectivity, Google and Twitter have joined forces to give voice to the country's people. Instead of connecting to the Web, people in Egypt can use a landline or cell ...

Robert Gibbs: Egypt Must Restore Social Networking and Internet

Yesterday, President Obama and Vice President Biden were somewhat hands-off with the unfolding situation in Egypt -- neither explicitly condemning the Egyptian protesters nor supporting the government -- but the regime's complete blockage of the Internet hasn't gone unremarked upon today. In a recent tweet, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has expressed the White House's feelings about the situation:...

Egypt Shuts Down Mobile, SMS Service

According to The Wall Street Journal, mobile and SMS service appears to be down in Egypt, along with the country's Internet connections. The U.K.-based Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) wrote in a statement that all of the mobile operators in Egypt had been "instructed to suspend services in parts of Egypt. Under Egyptian legislation, the authorities have the right to issue such an order and we are oblige...

Egypt Shuts Down Internet As Protests Intensify

As civil unrest continues to spread and intensify across Egypt, authorities within the country have taken a drastic and apparently unprecedented step: they've shut down the entire Internet. The blackout began at about 12:30 a.m. local time, when four of the Egypt's major service providers abruptly shut down. Calling the nationwide outage "an action unprecedented in Internet history," the U.S.-...