Many Egyptian human rights activists say that Internet access has considerably strengthened the reach and effectiveness of the movement in Egypt.
Speaking at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003, President Mubarak called information technology a tool for supporting national efforts toward more freedom, democracy, and respect of human rights. At the Pan-Arab Conference on WSIS held in Cairo in May 2005, Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif told the assembled Arab and African leaders, Knowledge and information have becomenow more than everthe main sources of prosperity and progress. But their status as such, he continued, rested on the principle that access to and the free flow of information are basic human rights. On the other hand, the Ministry of the Interior, the office of the prosecutor general, and related security services have blocked several Web sites and detained individuals for their activities online.
There is evidence that the authorities have monitored online communications without first obtaining search warrants.
The authorities have blocked Web sites associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, arguably Egypts largest opposition movement, and the al-`Amal (Labor) Party, another Islamist group.
Critics fret the Egyptian initiative is designed to rally international support for Cairo’s policies that suppress free speech in the name of reining in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Security Council, Egypt has invited tech giant Microsoft to advise world powers on helping governments confront violent extremism.
More recently, Egypt has stepped up its crackdown by jailing journalists, political opponents, artists, and novelists who have criticized the state.
“There’s a genuine problem with ISIS and others’ use of digital tech,” David Kaye, the U. special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression, told in emailed remarks.
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