So while access has been dramatically curtailed the Internet is still working, a bit, in Egypt, and helping the people there organise the overthrow of the US-funded dictatorship. Props to the dedicated people outside Egypt who are working to keep TOR relays up and maintain the infrastructure that people need to coordinate that protest. Most especially props to the journalists who are still reporting from Egypt - I'm keeping a list of people still tweeting out of Egypt here.
There's plenty being written about the Egyptian revolution today, most of it from a risibly net-centric point of view (the government there is evil! Never mind killing its citizens for engaging in legitimate protest, it's actually shut down the internet too!). Hopefully what remains of the Internet there will help Egyptians coordinate their revolution and let the world know what's going on there today, and perhaps fighting to close it down will distract their government from killing them, but really the overthrow of a quarter-century old tyranny isn't about the net.
(Photo from James Buck on Flickr)