>>She points to two examples of such quick links: France Data Network and Telecomix News Agency, both which extended their services (albeit dial-up) to Egyptians during the crisis.
So ... now that egyptian tyrants have closed down the internet ... and mobile phone network ... they DEFINATELY won't shutdown the standard telephone network
I'm sorry, I just can't understand the logic here.
Centralised networks, either data/voice/internet are a single point of failure network.
When the world gets mesh networks with generator backup, with full public access, and no single owner, then I might believe that we have a fault tolerant / u controllable network.
Good Luck with THAT!