The Egyptian government has taken a ‘shotgun approach’ and severed almost all of the countries internet connections, following massive protests over the governments rule.
You are unable to access 22 out of the 25 top Egyptian websites, meaning that every school, internet cafe and home is without web access.
This is the first time that a country has turned off the internet. That a country with a major internet economy could take this action was previously ‘unthinkable’, according to major technologists.
An internet ‘off-switch’ is unthinkable in this country, or the US. However, American law makers are apparently becoming seduced by the idea of being able to pull the plug on the web in times of national security.
The fear is, with further protests expected around the world, this will set a precedent amongst other countries that have centralised control over the internet.