Censorship of Cyber Space: Lessons from Egypt

The recent events in Egypt have shown the world just how powerful communication via the Internet, especially with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, can be in disseminating news and organizing group actions.

Likewise, the online blackout that occurred in Egypt for five days following the Egyptian government’s orders to all Internet service providers to shut off connectivity, illustrates how fragile individual freedom of expression as well as journalists’ access to real-life accounts of activities can be via the Internet in times of political crisis.