The internet and Egypt

January 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm (Comm 2322 PR Connections, Comm 4333 PR connections)

You might have had an idea lately that there is some protesting going on in Egypt. I don’t know if everyone keeps up with the news regarding this issue, however if you find yourself wanting to know more, then as a PR student you should know one thing on this topic. The government has not only shut down the internet in all of Egypt, but they have shut down cell phone service.

As a communications major, this strikes a nerve because I realize the importance in being able to communicate with other people who are attempting to exercise their right to a protest against corrupt government activity. The purpose of this shut down was in an effort to make assembling nearly impossible for the citizens of Cairo. Although the government might have good intentions of “keeping the peace”, what is scary is that a major city has never been completely cut off from outside information like this ever before.

This of course raises a few questions for me. If the Egyptian government can unplug a mega city from outside communication, then what about the U.S? The U.S. government is capable of a lot of things, is this one of them? How far would the U.S. go to attempt to “keep the peace”? This seems frightening to think of the power of the U.S. government as compared to the Egyptian government. What are your thoughts?

For more information on this topic, visit this link. Also check out more about what is going in Cairo.

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