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Monday, April 07, 2008

Follow Up Regarding Smart Phones

A quick follow up on Munz's recent post on the effect of the super-empowerment of cell phone technology. Egyptian unrest:

Via the NYT:

While two schools were burned and more than 150 people were reported injured in the northern town of Mahalla al-Kobra, it was the eerie emptiness of the normally teeming streets of Cairo that signaled the depth of discontent with President Hosni Mubarak’s government.

The calls for a strike, which spread quickly across the country mostly by cellphone messages and word of mouth, underscored a new challenge to the government’s monopoly on power: rising public outrage and a growing willingness by workers and professionals to press their demands by striking.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Good for Egyptians. However, let's not forget that it takes (more or less) one button to shut down a cell network. Military and police usually have their own independent networks, so...