Egypt’s Piggipedia: Security or Human Rights Violations?

Cairo (May 10, 2011) — A new initiative to counter Egyptian’s state torture – Piggipedia – is now facing challenges despite going viral on the internet, raising many ethical questions about information sharing. Developed on Flickr by Egyptian political activist and citizen journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy, ‘Piggipedia’ showcases profiles of Egyptian security officers who have committed …

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How Egyptians Defied Internet Control

Internet makes it to the Egyptian protests

What would happen if the Internet was cut off for five days in a country? What if those five days witnessed the country’s biggest protests in 30 years?  This is the situation 23  million Egyptian internet users – or more than a quarter of Egypt’s population – were left with on the night of 27 January 2011 …

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Egypt’s Government Cuts off Internet

Thousands protested in Tahrir sq. downtown Cairo on 25Jan 11 (AFP)

What happened on Jan 27, 2011 in Egypt was remarkable. In the largest attempt in Internet history, the Egyptian government have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. ‘Critical European-Asian fibre-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, …

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Ramadan Kareem Everyone.

This is the first post on my blog, and I wanted to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan.