In the daily column from Monocle magazine we learn that as a result of the large part that social networks and cell phones played in Egypt's revolution, Libya shut down the internet and mobile networks early on, and the advantage that provided them.

 

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Throughout the Arab Spring, social networks have played a key role in spreading messages among activists and getting news out to the wider world. But in Libya’s slow moving war, it’s been a struggle just to get a working phone line.

Early on in the fight against Colonel Gaddafi, the Tripoli regime shut down the internet and mobile phone networks, leaving Libyans struggling to contact each other or to reach the outside world.

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