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In Egypt, Communication Continues Despite Online Shutdown

Last week, Egypt’s government responded to the uprising of the people by curbing access to the Internet, social networks, and even mobile phones. More recently, Al Jazeera reporters were arrested (and later released) after the network was told to cease reporting from the country. Earlier this evening, the BBC reported that the last remaining ISP, Noor Group, is down.

Still the widespread message from protesters that Hosni Mubarak must step down is getting out.

When given the opportunity, as in the video above, the people are making their feelings known. Moreover, they’re getting help from people like El Shaheeed, an anonymous Facebook page administrator that The Daily Beast reports has been critical to the demonstrations, and Mona Eltahawy, who Jezebel credits with changing the discourse on CNN.

And as new technologies are blocked, people are turning to old ones. Ham radios, dial-up modems, and even faxes are being used. And the telephone is bringing Twitter back with Speak2Tweet.

Huge demonstrations are planned for tomorrow and the new Vice President Omar Suleiman has agreed to speak with thus far amorphous opposition leaders. U.S. network news anchors are also headed to the country to report live, so ongoing up-to-the-minute news should be forthcoming.

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