A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the Obama administration to restore them, remains unclear, Nextgov.com reported.
Between March and June 2010, the Broadcasting Board of Governors successfully used the tool in China to transmit news feeds from broadcasters Voice of America, CKXX and China Weekly, according to a report the nonprofit website GovernmentAttic.org obtained this month through a Freedom of Information Act request. The experiment offers a glimpse into the secret measures the State Department and U.S. broadcasters have taken -- and may currently be taking -- to enable the free flow of information when oppressive regimes cut off Internet access. Click here to read more.
Meanwhile, Google announced Monday that it has worked with Twitter to post messages on Twitter from those cut off from the Internet in Egypt. Those who want to Tweet a message can call three phone numbers and leave a message that will be tweeted using the hashtag #egypt. Those without Internet access can dial the same numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) to listen to Tweets from Egypt.