Old Technology Finds Role in Egyptian Protests

Monday Jan 31st 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

Fax machines, ham radio and dial-up Internet connections are helping Egyptians stay connected to the outside world despite the Internet blockade.

BBC: Although the government shut down the country's Internet access due to protests, Egyptians are maintaining communication links with the outside world due to older technologies like ham radio, fax machines and dial-up Internet connections. Several ISPs in France, the US, Sweden, Spain and elsewhere have set up pools of modems to accept calls from Egyptians wanting to connect to the Internet, and some have even waived connection fees.

A document titled "20 Ways to Circumvent the Egyptians Governments' Internet Block" is also circulating and offers other tips for communicating. For example, some have been able to access Twitter through third-party services, and some have been able to connect to Google by typing in the numeric address instead of the text address.

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