Did Libyan Gov't Briefly Turn Internet Access Back On To Try To Stall Rebel Attacks?
from the gotta-have-my-skype dept
However, just as many expected the a big push on Tripoli... internet access came back to everyone. There's some speculation that perhaps -- just perhaps -- the government hoped that giving people back their internet would stop them from taking to the streets and overturning the government, though that seems a bit unlikely:
And early Sunday morning, the Twitterstream suddenly began reporting something that seemed, on the face of it, totally improbable: the Internet had been turned back on.It seems more likely that this was just some sort of screwup or "solidarity" move by someone at LTT. Perhaps the details will come out in the near future. But, for now it's yet another interesting tidbit in the ongoing efforts by governments trying to use or block the internet to deal with uprisings.
Why would the government turn the Internet back on in the middle of an armed uprising? To get people to stay at home and catch up on five months of email? It seemed preposterous. But clearly, as more and more people realized, it had happened. Bandwidth was scarce, but DSL service was back. People started Skypeing with friends and relatives, some reporting hearing live gunfire in the background as their VoIP calls began to connect.
And then, as suddenly as it had come, Tripoli's Internet access stopped working again. For a total of perhaps an hour and a half of uptime, spread out in bursts between the hours of 2:00am and 4:30am, local time, the Internet had been functional again.