You can’t be free if you are not free to connect. Fortunately, sometimes government thuggery can lead to popular creativity.
As events continue to unfold in Egypt, the online community has been been providing more than just on the ground reporting; also circulating is information on how to get around the government’s takedown of internet and mobile access.
Here are some of the more creative and comprehensive resources:
Wired’s How-to-Wiki is collecting recommendations, which ran the gamut from citizens band radio to ad-hoc networking to satellite phones.
We Rebuild Interfax is a community of net activists devoted to internet access for everyone, everywhwere.
Manal and Alaa’s “free speech from the bletches” proposes easy methods using good ol’ dial-up.
And, Global Voices has a special Egypt Protests 2011 section that is collecting a significant amount of on the ground reporting, news stories, global information and online resources.
When will governments realize that silence is no longer an option?
- Bill Reichblum