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Internet Goes Dark In Libya As Protests Continue

A Libyan anti-government fighter stands in the courtyard of a former prison burnt down during clashes between anti-government protesters and Libyan government forces in the eastern city of Benghazi.(GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

March 4, 2011

Internet traffic in Libya almost completely disappeared Friday in a development that mirrors events in Egypt, according to the Associated Press.

Internet access in Libya was already spotty and less prevalent than in Egypt, but the shutdown will still impact communication and information sharing as the upheaval continues.

"For the people not in Tripoli the Internet is not so central in what's become an armed rebellion," she said. "For the people in Tripoli it's going to further isolate them from people in other parts of the country and information about what's happening there," Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, told the AP.

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