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Google and Twitter Subverting Egyptian Govt Internet Cutoff

egipt_sharm_el_sheikh_2_lThis weekend, working with Twitter, Google has set up a voicemail transcription, translation and Twitter relaying service to field calls from Egyptians wishing to get a message onto Twitter, handled automatically and tagged with #egypt, people otherwise mostly stranded without means of sending information about this historic protest to the outside world. They’re calling it speak-to-tweet.

Why bother? According to one of these messages, "The government is spreading rumors of fear and of burglary and of violence. The only incidence of theft and burglary are done by the police themselves." However government employees of any rank may use the system too.

And to our huge Egyptian audience, you may access the Internet’s Twitter by calling +16504194196. Okay, bad joke.

Doug Simmons