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Updates are at the bottom of the article and in comments after the article.

Reports on-line are that Egypt has taken itself off the internet, presumably as a request of the government.

Tweets from those in touch with people in Egypt report that both the internet and SMS network have been shut down. If so, there is no texting, email, blogs, twitter, etc., in Egypt. Likewise, no-one from outside Egypt should be able to read internet-based information coming from within the country.

Source Renesys via James Cowie.

Source Renesys via James Cowie.

In an article by James Cowie an accompanying graph (copied to left) shows a ’virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet’s global routing table’ leaving ’no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt’s service providers.’

Yesterday saw reports of shutting down social media services (e.g. twitter, Facebook), presumably in an attempt to make organising rallies and protests more difficult. This latest action would seem to be an extension of this approach.

It’s hard to imagine how the government think that by shutting down infrastructure they are quelling protests. You’d think this would simply play in the hands of those protesting, giving them further justification and drawing international attention to it.

It’s also hard to get a feel for the impact this will have on the country. As James Cowie wrote:

’What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the Internet? What will happen tomorrow, on the streets and in the credit markets? This has never happened before, and the unknowns are piling up.’

Indeed. From an outsiders point of view, it’s history on-the-fly.

Egypt is a country I would like to visit one day, in better circumstances. I hope this ends well.

This article may be updated as new items come in. (I’m fairly busy; other sources will be more on the ball.) Readers may want to know I have a habit of adding news in the comments, so those following an event on my blogs might find it useful to either check back in, or subscribe to the thread.

Updates

Other sources of overall information

(This will be updated as new sources of on-going information come in.)

One source of background information can be found here.

Those using twitter can try following the #Jan25 hastag. It’s very active, so you may struggle to keep up with in manually.

YouTube has a number of videos of the protests.

The Guardian has a continuously updated news stream.

Aljazeera has a live stream in English.

Individual news

(Others new items might appear in the comments, esp. if they seem smaller at the time. Times are local, NZST. Excuse any poor formatting: WordPress’s editor doesn’t always play nice with cut’n’paste.)

9:08pm Fourteen minutes ago this tweet:

MohammedY

Egypt gov shutting down mobiles RT @beleidy: My #mobinilphone now has no network (mobilnil is the biggest mobile network in Egypt) #Jan25

Morning, Saturday 29th:

Watching Egypt disappear from the internet.

From the Telegraph: How Egypt shut down the internet