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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.

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