About a half-hour past midnight on Friday in Egypt, the internet went dead.
Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the internet into and
out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of
demonstrations calling for the end of president Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year
rule, experts said.
Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for
any country with a major internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the
internet to try and silence dissent.-Committee to Protect Bloggers