[Air-L] ISOC Statement on Egypt’s Internet shutdown

Sari angyjoe at gmail.com
Sat Jan 29 20:26:09 PST 2011

Nice wishes from the west of the world! But…

One subtle thing the world can learn from this is that democracy is about
confronting, confronting all those incurable diseases with whatever you have
in your artillery. In all western democracies, the present practice allows
few influential lobbyists to make all the decisions of the state, whereas
the rest of the people are just "consumers". Even if participating
personally in political affairs is not possible when population is big, the
present practice still deserves some big yell!


On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:54 PM, Richard Forno <rforno at infowarrior.org>wrote:

> The Internet Society on Egypt’s Internet shutdown
> We are following the current events in Egypt with concern as it appears
> that all incoming and outgoing Internet traffic has been disrupted. The
> Internet Society believes that the Internet is a global medium that
> fundamentally supports opportunity, empowerment, knowledge, growth, and
> freedom and that these values should never be taken away from individuals.
> The Internet Society considers this recent action by the Egyptian
> government to block Internet traffic to be an inappropriate response to a
> political crisis. It is a very serious decision for a government to block
> all Internet access in its country, and a serious intrusion into its
> citizens’ basic rights to communicate.  If the blockage continues, it will
> have a very detrimental impact on Egypt’s economy and society. Ultimately,
> the Egyptian people and nation are the ones that will suffer, while the rest
> of the world will be worse off with the loss of Egyptian voices on the net.
> However we are most concerned about the safety and security of the Egyptian
> people.  Alongside the rest of the world, we share the hope for a positive
> and lasting solution to the problems that have risen to the surface there.
> In the longer term, we are sure that the world will learn a lesson from
> this very unfortunate example, and come to understand that cutting off a
> nation’s access to the Internet only serves to fuel dissent and does not
> address the underlying causes of dissatisfaction.
> http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=3091
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