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Are Syria's Internet Outages Increasing in Frequency?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, May 15 2013

Visualization of the most recent power outage in Syria, courtesy of Arbor Networks

At 3:30 Wednesday morning, Jim Cowie received an automated text message: Syria's Internet was down, again. The eight hour outage today was the second Internet blackout in Syria since the start of May, and the fourth since last November. Many have speculated the blackouts are a result of deliberate government interference, but there is no consensus as to why and indeed no concrete evidence one way or the other.

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Syrian Internet Almost Entirely Dark, Multiple Observers Say

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 7 2013

Syrian Internet connections appeared to flicker off throughout the day Tuesday in what appears to be the largest disruption of access since the war-torn country was completely separated from the rest of the digital world last November. Read More

As Revolution Unfolds in Libya, Tripoli Returns to the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

As forces rebelling against the regime of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi moved to gain control of the capital city of Tripoli yesterday, something strange happened: Tripoli's citizens could, suddenly, talk about it again ... Read More

Egyptian Economic Development Exec Says Internet Shutdown Was One-Time Thing

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

The chief executive officer of Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Agency, Yasser Elkady, promises that the whole Internet blackout thing "will never happen again," Computerworld reports: Elkady says the ... Read More

How You Get Nicknamed "Mubarak": Woman Out Scavenging for Copper Takes All of Armenia Offline

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 7 2011

From the quickly-filling "Internet Fragility" file comes a BBC report that a complete Internet outage that hit Armenia in late March was traced to a Georgian woman who was hunting for copper: The cables, owned ... Read More