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Bandwidth Being Throttled In Bahrain? 69

mahiskali writes "In light of recent uprising and protests in Bahrain, reports are coming in showing slower than usual internet access across the country. Broadband providers are claiming this is due to high-usage and heavy load, but Twitter is abuzz claiming a government-imposed lockdown. Accounts on the popular media-sharing site Bambuser have reportedly been blocked as well."
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Bandwidth Being Throttled In Bahrain?

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  • by bhagwad ( 1426855 ) on Friday February 18, 2011 @12:14AM (#35240776) Homepage
    To those who say that the Internet is only used by a very small percent of people and that individuals "on the ground" don't care about it and that it doesn't bring real change, tell me why censoring the Internet is the FIRST step taken by authoritarian governments when protests arise?
  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Friday February 18, 2011 @01:14AM (#35241036)

    Absolutely agree. Only a very small percent of people speak out on Facebook/Twitter/etc., but many times that number read what that small percent are saying. The internet is the ultimate soapbox. Anyone who thinks that the proverbial soapbox is unimportant because only a few people stand up on it is missing the point entirely.

  • Re:WTF (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Friday February 18, 2011 @02:34AM (#35241288) Homepage

    Courage, self confidence, and willing to sacrifice is all that's needed for a revolution to start. But I'm also reminded that while taking down a government is hard, creating a better one in its place is even harder. Egypt isn't out of the woods yet as they're severely wounded with a vacuum of power left in the wake.

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