According to Renesys, a firm that monitors internet connectivity, mobile and internet connections in Syria have been cut off today. In a blog post the US-based organisation said that “all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet” starting at 12:26 local time today. The blackout comes as clashes between security forces and rebels have been raging near the Damascus Airport, with Emirates Airlines and Egypt Air canceling fights out of security concerns.
Alternative dial-up access has been set-up for Syrians by activists: Dial up access: +46850009990 +492317299993 +4953160941030 User:telecomix Password:telecomix OR +33172890150 User:toto Password:toto.
Don’t miss the spring issue of Index on Censorship magazine. Post Charlie Hebdo our commentators take a global view at how threats are being used to stop writers and artists, with Ariel Dorfman, David Edgar, Father Ted’s Arthur Mathews, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and others. Also, major general Tim Cross and internet guru Martha Lane Fox go head to head on national security versus privacy, and Ismail Einashe on the perils of escaping from Eritrea.