Syria Briefly Deletes Itself From The Internet, Because That Worked So Well In Egypt & Libya

from the not-so-smart dept

As various uprisings have occurred in the middle east, we've seen the regimes in Egypt and Libya try disconnecting the entire country from the internet, after realizing that opposition forces were making use of the internet to coordinate. In neither case did it prevent regime change soon afterwards. Soon after the situation with Egypt, we noted that Syria was actually trying to go in the opposite direction, trying to make use of the internet to communicate its own story... and to keep track of protestors. Of course, in the year plus since then, the situation in Syria has obviously gotten significantly worse and more contentious. And... late last week, it was noted that Syria appeared to remove itself from the internet for about 40 minutes. It was brief, but it at least suggests that someone in the government is toying with the idea of shutting off the internet. Of course, given the two examples of how well that's worked so far, it probably doesn't bode well for Syria's leadership.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jul 2012 @ 7:53pm

    At one time regimes like Assad's could shut the borders down and be reasonably sure that they were controlling the flow of information by the judicious use of censorship and adopting the Goebbels way of propaganda and terror to keep the subject people in line. The Internet has changed all that. While states like Syria can shut the internet down there are alternatives such as Blackberry's own mail servers and PIN messaging that don't use the Internet meaning that rebel communication continues while holes are poked in the official firewall from both inside and out.

    It doesn't work when a determined populace fights back with all the technical tools and smarts at their disposal. And have more skills and ability than the regime that oppresses them.

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