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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Day the Net Went Out in Syria

Approximately two-thirds of Syria's Internet connections were shut down this morning local time. According to the report, "The networks that are not reachable include, substantially, all of the prefixes reserved for SyriaTel's 3G mobile data networks, and smaller downstream ISPs including Sawa, INET, and Runnet."

If it reminds you of something, try this back on January 28, when cells and Internet went dark in  Egypt. The officials responsible have since had punitive fines levied against them, but then, Asad is counting on holding on to power.

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