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Egypt enters third day of communication blackout

Protesters accessing internet, social networking via third-party sites, through friends

The internet has remained blocked in Egypt for a third day after social networking was being used to organise protest. Users are still accessing social networking through third party sites.
The internet has remained blocked in Egypt for a third day after social networking was being used to organise protest. Users are still accessing social networking through third party sites.

Sunday marks the third day of a complete internet access block in Egypt, however, reports indicate that some cell phone networks are back up across Cairo, according to Al Jazeera English.

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged the Egyptian government to give the population access to basic human rights such as freedom of speech and called on them to reverse the internet ban.

"The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights and the United States will stand up for them everywhere. I also call upon the Egyptian government to reverse the actions that they've taken to interfere with access to the internet, to cellphone service and to social networks that do so much to connect people in the 21st century," said Obama.

On Saturday, internet connections across Egypt have been cut, as authorities geared up for a day of mass protest.

Net analysis firm Renesys, has reported that just before 2300 GMT on January 27 nearly every route to Egyptian networks were withdrawn from the internet's global routing table.

Telecom Egypt, was the first to go offline at 22:12:43, followed by Raya a minute later, at 22:13:26.

Link Egypt disappeared four minutes later at 22:17:10, followed by Etisalat Misr two minutes later, at 22:19:02 and lastly Internet Egypt six minutes later, at 22:25:10.

With all these systems down, the internet was virtually unreachable for any one in the country.

After the block, Twitter, Facebook, personal blogs and other social networking sites saw a rash of people sharing IP addresses and links to get round the block.

"IP addresses for social media: pass on to people in #Egypt needing to use the internet: Twitter: 128.242.240.52. Facebook: 69.63.189.34," was posted on Twitter.

Some users were sharing mobile phone numbers that Egyptian protestors used to SMS updates to, which would then be put on Twitter.

A tweet, allegedly from the hacking group Anonymous, gave further details of how to access social networking and the internet from Egypt.

"PLEASE RT/eMail/Txt 2 ALL in Egypt: 20 Ways to Circumvent the Egyptians Gov'ts Internet Block http://is.gd/Egypt #Egypt #egipto #OpEgypt TY," said Anonymous RX.

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