Comments on: Egypt’s Internet gambit misfires. Surprised? http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/31/egypts-net-gambit-misfires/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: John2244 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/01/31/egypts-net-gambit-misfires/#comment-386510 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:25:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=24306#comment-386510 Some valid points but having lived in both countries -some big differences. Communication in Egypt was much, much more open. Also many people get their TV and communications through direct satellite. Up to Italy quite easy to watch futball but also Greece, Turkey, Israel. In Egypt there are several mobile operators whom use switches and equipment networked off the European grid. Its fairly easy to bypass IP addresses and connect online through your phone. Family is all over the Gulf, Europe, etc flying in on a weekly basis.
The press has a lot of outlets and points of contact. If you want to leave Egypt as an Egyptian its easy.

In China – you are on your own and its hard to leave – sometimes its even hard to move in China. All the “competition” goes through the same bottlenecks, personal visits are much rarer. Its easy to shutdown entire channels.

China can do things Egypt could never do. Im not a big fan of Mubarek and its time for him to go – but give credit where its due. The Egyptian military didnt open up politics but it did a good job in wiring into the world and letting people talk. Its not easy to switch Egypt “off”.

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