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Internet blocked in Algeria?

On Feb 12, 2011, at 6:20 PM, Jim Cowie wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM, mikea <mikea at mikea.ath.cx> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 05:01:12PM -0500, Joly MacFie wrote:
>>> Any confirmation of internet blocking?
>>> http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=26849
>>> As massive street demonstrations are met with widespread violence in
>>> Algeria, the country is reporting that many Facebook accounts have been
>>> deleted or blocked by the government, in an effort to stifle protests
>>> against President Abdelaziz Boutifleka, activists on Twitter reported around
>>> midday in the country.
>>> They also said that the government is working fast to cut off all Internet
>>> providers in the country.
>> At least some websites, though not all of them, that are linked off
>> <http://www.erepublic.org/egovincountriesa/algeria.html>
>> seem to be working OK. I grant they're all government, but they're up
>> and serving requests.
> Looks up to us, with the exception of a few websites.   Routes stable,
> inbound traceroutes unremarkable, lots and lots of DZ-hosted content
> available.
> http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/02/watching-algeria.shtml

I have received several reports of Twitter and Facebook outages in Algeria, but not general Internet blockage.

The Telegraph has this report


which talks vaguely of Internet outages.

On the other side of both the coin and the world, there is this


"Bloggers celebrate as Cuba unblocks their site"

Maybe this is connected to the new fiber optic cable to Venezuela, it seems to have caught everyone by surprise. 


> best,  --jim