Egypt protests given voice by Google and Twitter

Google and Twitter have collaborated to provide a speech-to-tweet service for the thousands of protesters in Egypt rising up against President Mubarak, who were left without a voice after the government demanded internet service providers cut their services.

Users can call a voicemail service, leave a message, which is then linked to via Twitter with the hashtag #egypt. Google has said its hopes “this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time”.

As well as ordering internet providers to cut services to quell the rise of discontent, the Egyptian government has attacked news services in the country. After ordering Al-Jazeera to shut down its news operations, accusing it of encouraging the country’s rebellion, six journalists from the Arabic-language news channel were confirmed to have been arrested yesterday. They have since been released, although valuable equipment has been retained by the police.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

Photo taken by Al Jazeera English, licensed under Creative Commons.




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