Modern communications played a central role in the Egyptian revolution, though not in the manner the authorities had foreseen. From Jan. 28 until Feb. 2, all internet and text communications were suppressed by the central government. Ironically, this suppression ensured the success of the uprising, as everyone had already learned of the plans for demonstrations via Facebook and Twitter in the weeks prior. The resulting communication breakdown galvanized tens of thousands to pour into the streets to participate.

Luckily, SNR Denton Egypt’s Cairo office was minimally affected, with no injuries to any of our 50 personnel. This is primarily due to our employees’ resourcefulness, and secondarily to our insistence that all personnel stay home and take care of their families. The lack of internet and e-mail led to a breakdown of the supply chain and thus dwindling food, petroleum, and water supplies. This was complicated by safety concerns due to the abdication of the police forces and the emptying of prisons.

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