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Joint statement of UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on Egypt

Posted on 03 February 2011 by James Campero

Led by Prime Minister David Cameron,five countries’s head from UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain issued a joint statement pertaining to the uprising tensions happening in Egypt started days ago up to this moment.

Read the statement

We are watching with utmost concern the deteriorating situation in Egypt.

The Egyptian people must be able to exercise freely their right to peaceful assembly, and enjoy the full protection of the security forces. Attacks against journalists are completely unacceptable.

We condemn all those who use or encourage violence, which will only aggravate the political crisis in Egypt.

Only a quick and orderly transition to a broad-based Government will make it possible to overcome the challenges Egypt is now facing.

That transition process must start now.

For updates in Egypt, there were several tanks stationed near Cairo’s Tahrir Square when thousands of anti-government protesters gathered there and built barricades.Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak had been throwing rocks at anti-government protesters below of the high overpass where one of the tanks stood.

There were already news that witnesses said there were at least four people killed in the latest violence that broke out before dawn.

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Twitter workaround in Egypt by Google and Twitter

Posted on 01 February 2011 by James Campero

With the crisis still going on in Egypt while Internet connection still down, Google along with its newly acquired company SayNow and Twitter engineers worked together to come up with a voice enabled Twitter messaging service.

Escalating Egypt protest

Source: BBC

Using dial-up, the conventional way to connect the Internet, people from Egypt were able to get back online. With ISPs in France, the US, Sweden, Spain and many other nations assistance by allowing their modems to accept international calls, protesters were able to relay updates to international media.

Given the dial-up solution, Google,Twitter and SayNow came up with a voice enabled tweeting service. In a blog post of Google, it said that “we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.”

Also from Google’s blog post,

It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.

Twitter and Facebook are just two of the Internet social networking services which have played important tools of communications for protesters in Egypt.

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Egypt Internet connection down

Posted on 28 January 2011 by James Campero

Egypt Internet connection appears to have been cut as the government prepares for another day of mass protest.

Much of the protest happened in the past days are allegedly co-ordinated via web and cutting down Internet connection may lessen the impact of

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Graph of the sudden drop off has been confirmed by other web traffic watchers, including Arbor Networks and BGP Mon

the protest. According to Renesys, an Internet connection firm, before 2300 GMT of January 27, virtually routes to Egypt were simultaneously down which resulted to Egypt’s internet websites became unreachable.

James Cowie, Chief Technology Officer of the Renesys posted on their company blog and wrote:

“Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air,”

It has been reported earlier this week inaccessibility to major social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Although blocked, most protesters managed to by-pass the said restrictions by using smartphone apps which was not blocked to access to those sites.

Other protesters were able to access the said sites by using proxy servers – by accessing blocked websites through unblocked website.

EgyptFreedomNow user account from Twitter tweeted an alternative way to access the Internet by using dial-up connection.

Saying:

DIAL-UP ISP IS WORKING. DSL is still working #Egypt,Try their Dial up numbers (0777 7770),(0777 7000) SPREAD THE WORD #jan25 #jan28 check here.

Meanwhile, government authorities were not able to issue statement pertaining to Egypt Internet connection.

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