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How To Help Egypt Get Online

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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:15 AM

How To Help Egypt Get Online

Egypt is in the midst of an Internet blackout that experts are calling the "worst in history."

Renesys estimated that 93% of Egypt's networks were still unavailable Friday evening (EST).

With the country's citizens unable to log on to the Internet as they normally would, people have turned to a variety of other means to get online, including using ham radios, fax machines, and landline phones.

We've compiled a list of the ways people in Egypt can attempt to access the Internet
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:15 AM

Now THIS folks, is not only a worthy cause, but this is also something we HERE should be discussing and paying attention to closely, as certain calls for "kill switches" keep popping up with frequency in recent times...

If such measures should be imposed, I would hope that other countries (or our best hackers and 'alternate servers') would help us under such draconian implementations as well.

If the "switch" does get pulled, are there alternative means of accessing a signal and continuing to have access to information and communication with others?

Hopefully the civilians begin figuring ways around authoritorian control measures such as these, and stay ahead of these oppressive rulers and regimes! There is an all out cyber war and clamp down on freedom of information taking place on a global scale right now!
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:36 AM
Yes, it would also be great if Egyptians could contact the outside world, so they know that everyone supports them, except the elite who still want the fascist Mubarak in power.

The whole world is demonstrating to show support for their fight against aggression.

Hoping for a great future for Egypt and Egyptians.

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:38 AM
good thread... ty

Spread the Word: Telecomix Providing Internet to Egypt
dial up


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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:40 AM
I would strongly receomend against, people getting involved in foriegn affairs. They need to grow and learn as a culture, without involvment from the outside world.
Your U.S Government has very capable departments who can give aide as they require.
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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:48 AM

Originally posted by darrylss
I would strongly receomend that people get involved in foriegn affairs. They need to grow and learn as a culture, without involvment from the outside world.
Your U.S Government has very capable departments who can give aide as they require.

The government has it's own business to deal with in this situation, and that business binds them to diplomacy and politics.

These people are fighting against injustice, and that's a human problem. Any help that can be given and should be given is irrelevant of borders, it's just the decent thing to do.

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 12:54 AM
It's great to see people pulling together like this.

Asala found this two nights ago, and we made this thread on ATS: Dialup modem service for people in Egypt!!!

So we were waaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of HuffPo

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 01:01 AM
First while we are certain that Egypt's government is a repressive and an undesirable one, we don’t really know who is behind the sudden rebellion and if what might emerge will be worse. Mubarak has been around since the assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat 31 years ago, which I am old enough to remember as that was happening.

No one thought that would turn into a 31 year long Mubarak dictatorship, Egypt in the last 60 years has had a particularly violent way for the most part of selecting its next ruler during that time period that never seems to work out to well for Egypt.

I think the inclination in these things is to react with that assumption it’s all good and for the better, but we really don’t have the intelligence of what’s going on there on the ground politically to know who might emerge from this and what kind of government they are going to create in the long run.

History shows us something else too, and that is if the new regime in any kind of significant political upheaval be it revolution or a entirely new system being voted in, doesn’t sell itself out to the International Corporate Shadow Government they end up being boycotted and embargoed and starved if the government refuses to sell out the people to the international corporations and oligarchs influence and control.

So the chances of it being a really successful rebellion for the people are slim.

Revolution in one country is really only going to work, if every nation on the planet rebels at the same time, and we disband the world wide banking cartel, military industrial complex, oil, energy and communication companies and agro corporations that really do control the entire planet.

It really is the only thing that could possibly end the Shadow Government, otherwise really, all you are doing is replacing the show government, you end up with one slice of bread more, or less, the Shadow Government still owns, controls and distributes the loaf though.

Meanwhile the only thing you are likely to win is too many civilian deaths, and some new laws making it harder and unlikelier to even succeed to that point the next time around.

In other words it just plays into the Powers that Be hands.

Now two is the Internet, yes it’s great to communicate with, watch a movie on line, get that occasional item of merchandise shipped to your door, even bank on or find a date.

It does however keep every thing you pretty much do on it in a permanent record form and pretty much can be hacked and spied on very easily.

Not the communication tool I would suggest using in a failed revolution where what you conspire to do on it becomes a record that can be used against you in a court of law, and well, because it’s so easy to hack and monitor it really is not the kind of secure form of communication that would keep that secret rallying point a secret, so unless you want 20 secret police agents at the rendezvous point too and a column of tanks when you get there, you might want to actually give your revolution a chance at success by understanding secrecy is critical to pulling off these kinds of operations.

Get some carrier pigeons, use some kind of cipher audible code, walk, ride a bike, light a signal fire, but for pity’s sake do something that doesn’t involve a mode of communication a little old lady from Peoria can log on too and monitor not to mention security forces and the government.

The Internet is not really the friend we imagine it to be, the Powers that Be own the lines, and the servers that ultimately most of these communications are stored on.

I can’t stress enough that what’s going on right now is not a Super Nintendo or X Box game, and I can’t stress enough how good the Powers that Be are at deceiving people into believing what helps them actually hurts them, and I can’t stress enough that these guys think about three steps ahead and are exceedingly adept at not only turning their weaknesses into strengths but our weaknesses into strengths too, and our strengths into strengths too.

Stamping them out in one nation does no good, believing they will fall like a row of dominos does no good, imagining that taking over a few government buildings is going to release their strangle hold on all the resources and control systems is no good.

It’s got to happen everywhere at once, it’s got to happen off the Internet otherwise it’s just walking into exactly what they want.

People aren’t going to want to hear this, they never do when they are reacting to the moment when these things go down, but if anyone is really thinking about taking back this world, well…you better really think long and hard.

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 01:29 AM
This IS all great,but i thought there internet and ph. was all restored?

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 01:32 AM

Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
First while we are certain that Egypt's government is a repressive and an undesirable one, we don’t really know who is behind the sudden rebellion and if what might emerge will be worse. Mubarak has been around since the assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat 31 years ago, which I am old enough to remember as that was happening.


Secret U.S. diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website seem to suggest that the American Embassy in Cairo was quietly aiding young Egyptian political dissidents who were plotting to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011, the UK’s Telegraph is reporting.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

1. (C) Summary and comment: On December 23, April 6 activist
XXXXXXXXXXXX expressed satisfaction with his participation in
the December 3-5 "Alliance of Youth Movements Summit," and
with his subsequent meetings with USG officials, on Capitol
Hill, and with think tanks. He described how State Security
(SSIS) detained him at the Cairo airport upon his return and
confiscated his notes for his summit presentation calling for
democratic change in Egypt, and his schedule for his
Congressional meetings. XXXXXXXXXXXX contended that the GOE will never undertake significant reform, and therefore, Egyptians
need to replace the current regime with a parliamentary

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 01:56 AM
Had to post this some guy ( egyptian i think ) is doing the rounds on facebook telling everyone how to get past the block i'm not very good on computers but this guy knows what he's doing, all is explained on his facebook note here. i've been told of many people his advice has worked to get on twitter, facebook etc so here you go
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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 02:02 AM
reply to post by ErtaiNaGia

Why would Obama cause his own puppet to go down?

We have caught up to US propaganda, they have used everything.

The only way the US can defame the revolution is to claim it was behind it. Egyptians, almost the whole of Muslim world doesn't trust the US, and bitterly hate it, if US claims it was behind this revolution (against its fascist puppet), then it hopes to defame the revolution.

Nice try, we are on to your old and outdated tricks.

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 07:44 AM
It's funny, here we are posting all these ways Egyptians can access the internet, yet they'll never be able to read this to learn how to access the internet, because a lack of internet.

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 11:37 AM
Another related story to this subject:

Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down

Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi
Even if you've managed to find an Internet connection for yourself, it won't be that helpful in reaching out to your fellow locals if they can't get online to find you. If you're trying to coordinate a group of people in your area and can't rely on an Internet connection, cell phones, or SMS, your best bet could be a wireless mesh network of sorts--essentially, a distributed network of wireless networking devices that can all find each other and communicate with each other. Even if none of those devices have a working Internet connection, they can still find each other, which, if your network covers the city you're in, might be all you need. At the moment, wireless mesh networking isn't really anywhere close to market-ready, though we have seen an implementation of the 802.11s draft standard, which extends the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard to include wireless mesh networking, in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop.

However, a prepared guerrilla networker with a handful of PCs could make good use of Daihinia ($25, 30-day free trial), an app that piggybacks on your Wi-Fi adapter driver to turn your normal ad-hoc Wi-Fi network into a multihop ad-hoc network (disclaimer: we haven't tried this ourselves yet), meaning that instead of requiring each device on the network to be within range of the original access point, you simply need to be within range of a device on the network that has Daihinia installed, effectively allowing you to add a wireless mesh layer to your ad-hoc network.

Advanced freedom fighters can set up a portal Web page on their network that explains the way the setup works, with Daihinia instructions and a local download link so they can spread the network even further. Lastly, just add a Bonjour-compatible chat client like Pidgin or iChat, and you'll be able to talk to your neighbors across the city without needing an Internet connection.

Back to Basics
Remember when you stashed your old modems in the closet because you thought you might need them some day? In the event of a total communications blackout--as we're seeing in Egypt, for example--you'll be glad you did. Older and simpler tools, like dial-up Internet or even ham radio, could still work, since these "abandoned" tech avenues aren't being policed nearly as hard.

In order to get around the total shutdown of all of the ISPs within Egypt, several international ISPs are offering dial-up access to the Internet to get protesters online, since phone service is still operational. It's slow, but it still works--the hard part is getting the access numbers without an Internet connection to find them.

Unfortunately, such dial-up numbers can also be fairly easily shut down by the Egyptian government, so you could also try returning to FidoNet--a distributed networking system for BBSes that was popular in the 1980s. FidoNet is limited to sending only simple text messages, and it's slow, but it has two virtues: Users connect asynchronously, so the network traffic is harder to track, and any user can act as the server, which means that even if the government shuts down one number in the network, another one can quickly pop up to take its place.

You could also take inspiration from groups that are working to create an ad-hoc communications network into and out of Egypt using Ham Radio, since the signals are rarely tracked and extremely hard to shut down or block. Most of these efforts are still getting off the ground, but hackers are already cobbling together ways to make it a viable form of communication into and out of the country.

Always Be Prepared
In the land of no Internet connection, the man with dial-up is king. Here are a few gadgets that you could use to prepare for the day they cut the lines.

Given enough time and preparation, your ham radio networks could even be adapted into your own ad-hoc network using Packet Radio, a radio communications protocol that you can use to create simple long-distance wireless networks to transfer text and other messages between computers. Packet Radio is rather slow and not particularly popular (don't try to stream any videos with this, now), but it's exactly the kind of networking device that would fly under the radar.

In response to the crisis in Egypt, nerds everywhere have risen to call for new and exciting tools for use in the next government-mandated shutdown. Bre Pettis, founder of the hackerspace NYC Resistor and creator of the Makerbot 3D printer, has called for "Apps for the Appocalypse," including a quick and easy way to set up chats on a local network so you can talk with your friends and neighbors in an emergency even without access to the Internet. If his comments are any indication, Appocalypse apps may be headed your way soon.

Tons of cool tech are also just waiting to be retrofitted for these purposes. David Dart's Pirate Box is a one-step local network in a box originally conceived for file sharing and local P2P purposes, but it wouldn't take much work to adapt the Pirate Box as a local networking tool able to communicate with other pirate boxes to form a compact, mobile set of local networks in the event of an Internet shutdown.

Whether you're in Egypt or Eagle Rock, you rely on your Internet access to stay in touch with friends and family, get your news, and find information you need. (And read PCWorld, of course.) Hopefully with these apps, tools, and techniques, you won't have to worry about anyone--even your government--keeping you from doing just that.


posted on Jan, 31 2011 @ 05:26 AM

EGYPT MODEMS:Egyptians can continue to connect to the Internet for free if they do the following over traditional phone lines:
FDN (Free World Dialup) to access the Internet anonymously at the following number: 33172890150 with login: toto and password: toto
Repost people, get the word out

In one of the comments on Al Jazeera

posted on Jan, 31 2011 @ 08:11 PM
Sounds like they are following some of these tips to access the net folks!!! I love it!!!

Check today's news:

Old technology finds role in Egyptian protests

Fax machines, ham radio and dial-up modems are helping to avoid the net block imposed on Egypt.

On 27 January, Egypt fell off the internet as virtually all international connections were cut following an order from the government.

But older technologies proved their worth as net activists and protesters used them to get round the block.

Protesters are also circulating information about how to avoid communication controls inside Egypt.

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