Unplugged From The Matrix: Egypt Shuts Down All Internet Connections Throughout The Entire Country!

- By Bossip Staff

Just because folks in Egypt may not EAT ham doesn’t mean they won’t GO ham…

About a half-hour past midnight Friday morning in Egypt, the Internet went dead.

Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule, experts said.

Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major Internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the Internet to try and silence dissent.

Experts say it’s unlikely that what’s happened in Egypt could happen in the United States because the U.S. has numerous Internet providers and ways of connecting to the Internet. Coordinating a simultaneous shutdown would be a massive undertaking.

“It can’t happen here,” said Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer and a co-founder of Renesys, a network security firm in Manchester, N.H., that studies Internet disruptions. “How many people would you have to call to shut down the U.S. Internet? Hundreds, thousands maybe? We have enough Internet here that we can have our own Internet. If you cut it off, that leads to a philosophical question: Who got cut off from the Internet, us or the rest of the world?”

As crazy as this sounds Egypt isn’t the first country to shut down their internet or at least have it censored

China has long restricted what its people can see online and received renewed scrutiny for the practice when Internet search leader Google Inc. proclaimed a year ago that it would stop censoring its search results in China.

In 2009, Iran disrupted Internet service to try to curb protests over disputed elections. And two years before that, Burma’s Internet was crippled when military leaders apparently took the drastic step of physically disconnecting primary communications links in major cities, a tactic that was foiled by activists armed with cell phones and satellite links.

We’re scared to think what would happen if the internet was shut down in the U.S. People would be wildin out in the streets!

How long do you think you could go without the internet? (Hopefully not too long, because you need to log on here and catch the latest and greatest.)

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  • MISS ME WIT DAT BULLSH#T

    AND IF THE WORLD CAN’T SEE YOU CRY, WE STILL FEEL YA!

  • drenk

    another US puppet gov’t bout to fall, cant wait to read about all the dirty wheelin and dealin that went on between mubarak and the US

  • I Am Legend ( Allergic To Darkies)

    First the women gotta be covered from head to toe ..And now they cant even get online WOW

  • resurrected

    It can happen in America if the people choose to unplug themselves for the internet. Just like everyone other company it is the people who hold most of the power. Power in there actions of puchase and this time with the internet power with the action of interest and focus and what they choose to put infront of themselves.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

    It can happen in America. F*ck is wrong with you people. America isn’t the “Super Power” it was during the Cold War error. America is quickly heading down the path to a 3rd world country and not only that dissesion and tensions are on the rise which could easily be the start of a revolution. So I am going to need sheeple to wake the f*ck up and realize that if it can happen anywhere else it could happen hear and get your heads out of your f*cking azzes.

    As for Egypt, China, Iran and the rest, the gov’t will do what it feels needs to be done and who am I to comment on that. I am not over there. But apparently, the people are angry.

    • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

      hear = here*

    • resurrected

      I agree we indulge too much in America to stop anything from happening. We have been lost out sense and need to fight for anything and what we don’t fight over is already destructive in nature and we in this country do a good enough job of self sabotaging all on our own. We let laws change right in front of our face and do nothing about it, let our children have all the control with no discipline, and we like to follow what everyone else tell us is good instead of having our own personal opinions of life and achievements.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      The point is that the U.S. is the inventor of the internet and the most connected large country in the world. The point is not that the goverment wouldn’t try (I also don’t think they would try) but that they couldn’t do it even if they wanted to.

    • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

      They said that technology would be the dumbing down of America. And I see it is true. Not only that, but our enemies are still thinking, creating, etc. etc and while we sit here being dumbed down, they are sneaking in our back and front yards setting up for our own destruction!

    • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

      We are entitled to come up with different points from the reading.

  • Matix who you calling a B

    I just got an email from my friend in Cairo, so they still have internet. Democracy is inevitable, and people will pay the price with their blood.

    • resurrected

      To me democracy seems to be an illusion, not saying that it can not be done on good terms but not when powerful people are not constantly checked and held accountable it usually only leads to destruction. When you give up freedom for security you deserve neither I get this quote from Ben Franklin more and more each day.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      @ resurrected

      The founding fathers understood this. The government is divided into three branches so that each one will check the other. The people are supposed to be able to check the govement as well. Our responsibility is to remain informed and active. Even with all of this, there is no guarantee that power will not get too concentrated. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thomas Jefferson said that periodic revolution “at least once every 20 years,” was “a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.” I don’t think he was right on the timeline, but his thinking was not unsound.

    • http://www.goldentreeghana.com/ourproducts.html Fashion Yaa

      Matix tell you friend in Cairo we pray for them

      @The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil
      Well said

  • The mighty tron

    Remember people,
    no internet = no electronic transactions = no money.

  • Somali Ninga

    You know most of the Muslim countries that are dictatorships are funded and puppets of the US right?

  • Somali Ninga

    I could care less about what happens to Egypt! They’ve overfished and dumped toxic waste into Somali waters.
    Its the perfect time for Ethiopia and other African countries to take get access to the Nile!

    • KEM WER

      I’m with you. The time to get rid of the mutt remnant of malmuk and ottoman turks is NOW!!!

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    @ Somali Ninga

    Iran, Libya, Syria and the Hamas goverment are all enemies of the U.S. The U.S. deals with some Muslim dicatatorships and is enemies with others. Either way, the U.S. is not the cause of these dictatorships. We just deal with whoever is in charge. If they were democracies, we would deal with the elected leaders as we do in Europe.

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    Correction:

    The Hamas goverment was elected in an electtion supported by the U.S. We will see if they ever give up power voluntarily

  • Inn

    Laws of Bureaucracy my heart goes out to these people, especially Iranians how unfortunate is that dealing with erratic organize terriost groups whoes onyl moral of reasoning is taking innocent lifes for some faceless religion. We as Americans should be ashamed of ourselves instead honoring or own we rob, cheat and kill each other remember folks were are entitled to believe what we want to believe these people fight for their freedom of speech we get to choose our president when these people are fighting for equality.

  • http://fawakatube.blogspot.com/ Queni

    Wonder if they could still FEW my BLOG S-:

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    • JustAshley

      WTH IS “FEW your BLOG S”?

  • white male

    The Muslim Brotherhood is behind this. If Mubarak’s government falls its not like they will all of a sudden have a democracy. They will probably get a theocratic region like in Iran that will govern through Islamic law. The coptic Christians in Egypt are probably in even more trouble.

    • white male

      sp: theocratic regime

  • Somali Ninga

    Iran, Libya, and Syria are enemies of the West because they haven’t sold out to the US like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan. Good 4 Them!
    The people of Palestine VOTED FOR HAMAS because Fatah was US puppet. Hamas are the ones fighting for the Palestinian cause for years. Israel has not given Hamas a chance to rule both Gaza and the West Bank. The West stop aid to the Palestinians and have been living under poverty for nearly five years. Palestinian gov’t officials are not allowed to travel to outside Gaza strip to govern Palestinians of Gaza and West Bank.

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    @ Somali Ninga

    The Palestinians are sort of a different situation since they don’t really have their own country. They are occupied by Israel. But my point is still valid. Whether the dictatorship is friendly or unfriendly to the U.S., Muslim people are always ruled by dictators. It is not the fault of the U.S., the thing they all have in common is religion. Their religion is holding them back. When given a chance, the people flee to better governed, secular countries. Unfortunately, they bring their religion with them and infect their new home.

  • KEM WER

    GET THE F*CK OUT OF EGYPT AND THE REST OF NORTH AFRICA YOU TURK BASTARDS. YOU’RE NOT THE F*CKING EGYPTIANS. YOU’RE A LEFTOVER MUTT RACE FROM MALMUK AND OTTOMAN TURKS. YOUR TIME IS UP!!!

  • Matix B

    The internet is still up and running….They are firing into crowds now with bullets not tear gas. It’s a war zone.

  • KittyKat

    Oh No then we would have to actually read books and newspapers and go out in the real world to make real friends..I have 6,000 friends on facebook wtf do I do….

  • Brooklyn Hampshire

    Lol people would be wildin out in the streets in america if the Internet was shut down! I would be amongst them as well…

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    This puts Obama in a tough spot. Mubarak may be an ally, but I think Ameica should stand with the people and agianst the dictator. Too often in the past, we haven’t done that.

    • DR.FUNK

      We PAY Mubarak to be our “ally”.
      (something like 2billion a year in “aide”) The really “cool” thing about the internet is that however we were using governments in the Middle East as puppets won’t fly anymore.The flip side of that-and equally “cool” in my opinion-is that the IDIOT Islamic militant element CANNOT be successful in the long run even if they manage to step into the power vacuum of the regimes that are crumbling.Even Iran is having trouble stabilizing because they can’t unplug the the internet.

    • white male

      like how Jimmy Carter didn’t stand with the Shah?

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      @ white male

      You know I am no fan of Islam, but our actions in Iran have given them plenty of reason to hate us. We, along with the British, overthrew the democratically elected Mossadeq goverment to install the Shah when that goverment tried to nationalize the oil industry. (This does kind of contradict my earlier statement about Muslims and democracy) We got an unfriendly government there because of our own actions. The Iranian government is also not good for Iranians, but if I were an Iranian, I wouldn’t trust us either.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      @ white male

      George Bush did a lot of talking about how the lack of Democracy leads to terrorism in the Middle East. I don’t think he was completely correct, but he encouraged elections in the Palestinian territories and didn’t like the results. He overthrew an unfriendly dictator in Iraq, but did nothing about dictators who were friendly to us. I think that we need to at least try to live up to our rhetoric. It is obvious to the rest of the world how hypocritical we can be.

      I think that most of the problems in the middle east are due to Islam. But we make it very easy for them to shift the blame elsewhere.

  • uhh yeah ok

    Power to the people !!!

  • herudagod

    The US is next, so!!!

  • Honut Sinti

    Bobo, you’d get off the computer, I am about to pull the switch!

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