The End of “e-” In Egypt

Egyptians protest after their government shuts off all Internet connectivity.

Now I know that many of you either watch the news, read the papers or listen to the radio regarding social, political or scientific information. But for those of you who DON’T, I’m sure that you are asking yourselves (and others) what’s going on with that thing in Egypt? AskDrO is here to give you a synopsis of events, from beginning to present:

  • In late January, the Egyptian government ordered the disconnect of all Internet Service Providers (ISP) from the rest of the world.
  • Why, do you ask? Because of an innumerable amount of government protest coordinations from Egyptian activists via social media networks, blog sites and websites.
  • Although their government placed a ban on all social media protests and articles, third-party providers offered “backstage access” to allow activists to continue to express their political disgust.
  • It was from these illegal actions that the government decided to ultimately shut down Internet and networking access from Egypt altogether. This would mean they’d have NO connectivity to the rest of the world.
  • Countless corporations, schools, small businesses, libraries and media networks suffered at the sudden ban, uprooting yet ANOTHER string of protests.
  • President Barack Obama is attempting to rectify the situation in Egypt, salvaging the remains of this almost-cataclysmic movement by assisting in a government “overhaul”, or reconstruction. This is because Egypt has been a very strong ally in preventing incoming terrorism to our nation. Losing their support would mean bad news for the United States.
  • As of today, the situation is deteriorating, and while Egypt is officially offline from the rest of the world, activists’ demonstrations are worsening, even so extreme that many journalists and television crews have been assaulted, threatened and ridiculed by them. Despite protests for his immediate removal, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has stated that he’d step down but fears that his resignation would cause the nation to perish (yeah, right…)

This seems like the plot out of a science fiction movie, or a very bad joke. ANYONE who relies on connectivity realizes the crucial use of it to maintain and thrive in their businesses, research or studies. Imagine more than 80,000,000 Americans suddenly shut down from the Internet, unable to work, live, and communicate to earn a living. 9 out of 10 homes in America rely on connectivity, or networks in order to survive. Stock markets crash, the import/export business perishes, and schools can no longer receive their information quickly and efficiently. This sort of electronic “genocide” will rattle people’s mentality, creating a nation of very angry, depressed and aggressive individuals!

Egypt government: quit playing and turn the power back on!



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