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On January 25, the people of Egypt took to the streets in a “day of rage,” protesting the rampant poverty, unemployment, and government corruption seen throughout the country. Social media served to mobilize the people. One Facebook page dedicated to a protest, for instance, had over 80,000 followers. Others instructed protestors how to remove tear gas from their eyes. By January 26, however, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and YouTube were shut down, and the cell phone company Vodaphone suspended service. The following day Egypt’s four main Internet service providers then cut off international access to their customers. While the government claimed it was not responsible for killing the Internet, these efforts seemed targeted specifically to quell the uprising. Join us as media and Internet experts discuss the impact of new media in the Egyptian uprising, and the Middle East as a whole.
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Director, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
Clothilde le Coz
Reporters Without Borders
James Carafano, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy