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Egypt’s telecom cranks out a sweet valentine for free speech and shared crap

Telecom authority appeals YouTube ban | Egypt Independent.

From a post at the Egypt Independent February 14, 2013

Russ Imrie

Egypt’s banning (for 30 days) of YouTube’s hosted video trailer for The Innocence of Muslims” is being baffled by simple technological fact. 

Internet technology experts recently told Egypt Independent that enforcing the ban would be costly and difficult.

Egypt doesn’t need “costly and difficult”, and c’mon, wiping the entire connected Egyptian population’s caches and connections is basically impossible, even for the wannabe al-powerful dogmacrats of the Brotherhood.

Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), that would be tasked with immediately achieving the impossible, is said to be appealing the ban. 

The Guardian also has more details on the players and issues at play, including names.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

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#Twitter/Arab Spring: New Evidence from The #Monkey Cage and wherefore #bit.ly?

Twitter and the Arab Spring: New Evidence — The Monkey Cage.

Again, the irony that bit.ly, the ubiquitous URL shortener is TLD based in Libya. Anyway, as PR for uprisings, Monkey’s piece indicates Twitter is all good. For tactical networking among the anti-oppressed, not so much.

My take is the system of a mail-in blog post (like I often do here and at several others I run) and an auto-post to Twitter and Facebook is most mobile – just use those hashes (#) in the title.