Egypt Protests: Residents Open WiFi Networks to Protestors
Egypt Government Cracks Down on Communications; Protestors Find Workarounds
As the Egypt protests continue, the Egyptian government is responding the only way it knows how: by beating up demonstrators, and cutting off communications. Access to Facebook and Twitter have been cut off, and mobile phone networks are being disabled in an attempt to prevent protestors from organizing. More and more video and photo imagery is appearing, showing the extent of popular unrest in Egypt.
- Egypt Protestors Set Fire to Suez NDP Office
- Egypt Protestors vs Water Cannon
- "We Are All Khaled Saed": Egypt Protests Erupt
However, Cairo's residents found a way to do an end-run around mobile phone network cutoffs: by opening up their home WiFi networks. In removing their WiFi passwords, anyone within range who has a web-enabled mobile device is able to reach the outside world.
Citizens and shops canceled the passwords of their wireless routers. Protesters in Tahrir square can reach people now.