Total Blackout

February 3, 2011 by staff 

Total Blackout, The day of March promises millions in the streets of the capital Internet was completely blocked in Egypt, with public transport, in an attempt to prevent those involved in the protest to communicate among them. Noor same supplier group, the only one to remain active in those days, was offline, plunge the country into complete isolation. January 27 Link Egypt, Vodafone / Raya Telecom Misr / Egypt and Etisalat – the main industry – have been closed.

Google, in response to the blocking of the Internet in Egypt, has created a way to send messages to the microblogging service Twitter, making phone calls. Voice messages left at +16504194196, +97316199855 or +390662207294 will be instantly converted into messages “tweets”, and published on the platform with a # Twitter “hashtags identification Egypt. To listen to messages, people can call the same numbers or connect to

The creators of the initiative Abdel-Karim Mardini, product manager at Google, and Ujjwal Singh, co-founder of SayNow, said: “We hope this can help people in Egypt in some way to stay in touch in a difficult time. ”

Egypt last Internet service provider Working Group Noor, was disconnected, a U.S. web monitoring told to leave the country in crisis completely disconnected.

Renesys, a New Hampshire company that monitors Internet routing data in real time, said Monday that the network Noor “began to disappear from the Internet around 8:46 p.m. GMT.

“They are totally unavailable at the moment,” Vice-President and CEO Earl Zmijewski Renesys said in a blog post.

Attempts by the AFP news agency to access other sites and served in Egypt by
The company, such as the Egyptian stock exchange site, was unsuccessful.

Egypt four major Internet service providers – Link Egypt, Vodafone / Raya Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr – cut off access to their international clients on Thursday.

The move left the group Noor ISP working only in the country shaken by days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak.

Mobile phone networks were also severely disrupted in Egypt with the Internet.

Militants have used mobile phones and the Internet to organize demonstrations against the worst government in decades, the events inspired by the insurgency in Tunisia.


Google, in response to the blockade of the Internet in Egypt, announced Monday it had created a way to send messages to the Twitter microblogging service by making phone calls.

Google has worked with Twitter and freshly acquired SayNow, a startup specialist in social platforms online voice, to allow anyone to “tweet” leaving a message to one of three phone numbers.

“Like many people we’ve been glued to the news that takes place in Egypt and the thought of what we could do to help people on the ground,” Google product manager Abdel-Karim Mardini and co-SayNow founder Ujjwal Singh said in a blog post.

“Over the weekend we had the idea of a service to talk to tweet – the ability for anyone to tweet just using a voice connection, they said.

Voice messages left at +16504194196, +97316199855 +390662207294 or will be instantly converted into text messages, called tweets, Twitter and displayed an identification with “hashtags” for # Egypt.

Twitter hashtags are designed as search terms that people can easily find reviews on particular topics or events.

People can call the same numbers to listen to messages or listen online at

“We hope this will go some way to help people in Egypt stay connected to this very difficult time,” said Singh and Mardini. “Our thoughts are with everyone there.”

Google, meanwhile, declined to comment on reports that one of its marketing executives, based in Egypt, Wael Ghonim, has been missing since Friday night.

“We care deeply about the safety of our employees, but to protect their privacy, we do not comment on them individually,” a spokesman for the California Internet giant said in an emailed response to an AFP inquiry.


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