The world is a changing place at the moment and social media and its use is playing a very big part in that. Following on from the recent unrest in Tunisia and then also Egypt where the Internet was shut down to try to curb the spread of protests and demonstrations, now the people of Libya have taken to the streets.
Robert McMillan of IDG over on Computerworld reports that now in Libya too, the Internet is being shut down. The General Post and Telecommunications Company, which is the major Internet service provider in Libya, started the closedown yesterday and as of today Internet access is “largely off-the-air,” according to Earl Zmijewski of Renesys, an Internet monitoring company.
Thousands are protesting in Libya in a bid for political reform and Amnesty International is saying that 46 people are already reported to have been killed. Because of the lack of Internet access, it makes it much more difficult for Libya’s people, and of course, foreign media, to gauge the current situation as it happens. One company, NeoSmart Technologies, which produces software, cited “friends” in the country as saying the Libyan government stepped in to ensure Internet access was blocked.
Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable also reports on the Internet being shut down in Libya and includes data that shows a total drop in Google Search traffic in the country. Our hopes are that there will be no further bloodshed in the country but this seems unlikely as many Libyan people are determined to depose Muammar al-Gadaffi who has been in charge of the country since a military coup in 1969.
We’ll be following this story with interest. What are your thoughts on the Internet being shut down in Libya and do you think it’s an abuse of basic human rights in these modern times?
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