Tue 1 Feb 2011
Time has just published my story on the graduate student who has been tweeting Egypt’s voices to the world.
When the Egyptian government blocked the Internet last week in response to demonstrators’ use of social media like Twitter and Facebook to organize mass rallies, it not only cut off communication among ordinary Egyptians but also muted their dialogue with the rest of the world.
For John Scott-Railton, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, that silence was a personal blow. He had been visiting Egypt since 2006 to see a close friend, and as the country accelerated toward revolt, he was following the news on the Internet. Suddenly his connection was gone.
Read the rest.