2011 arab protests

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LIBYA. August & September 2011. Libyan Revolution.

(1) An assault rifle is seen on a vehicle at a checkpoint in Wadi Dinar.

(2) A revolutionary fighter stands on the street as smoke rises from a military warehouse belonging to the army of Libya’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi in the port area of Tripoli.

(3) Rebel fighters sit in a van in Wadi Dinar.

(4) Rebel fighters rest next to a goat’s carcass hanging from an anti-aircraft machine gun, at a checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid.

(5) A rebel fighter shoots from what is reportedly Muammar Gaddafi’s beach house in Tripoli.

(6) Women take part in a demonstration to celebrate the six-month anniversary of the uprising against Gaddafi’s regime, and the advances at the front, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi.

Photographs: Alexandre Meneghini/AP

Some governments have “kill switches” that can turn off the internet in their country. Egypt did this during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 to make it more difficult for protesters to coordinate their activity. Turkey and Iran have also shut off internet connectivity during protests. China is rumoured to have a kill switch of its own. And American senators have proposed creating one in the US as a means to defend the country from cyberattack. Building a kill switch is not easy, however. The larger and more developed the country, the harder it is to shut down the internet completely ­ there are simply too many connections between networks both inside and outside national borders.
—  Rachel Nuwer, ‘What if the internet stopped working for a day?’, BBC