Telecom Egypt
12 марта, 14:18

Египтяне майнят криптовалюту и не знают об этом

Власти Египта или аффилированные структуры, предположительно, перехватывают трафик граждан страны, устанавливая ПО для майнинга криптовалют, говорится в докладе исследователей Университета Торонто.

12 марта, 14:18

Египтяне майнят криптовалюту и не знают об этом

Власти Египта или аффилированные структуры, предположительно, перехватывают трафик граждан страны, устанавливая ПО для майнинга криптовалют, говорится в докладе исследователей Университета Торонто.

28 октября 2014, 20:14

Africa Online: Egypt's Digital Future and the Global Economy

Technological innovation has long been a driving force of social progress. With rampant social, political, and economic instability, the flourishing ICT sector may hold the key for Egypt's advancement.  With a strong and conducive ecosystem in place, there are no limits to the positive impact the ICT sector can have in Egypt -- socially, economically and politically. With over 50,000 people currently employed in the offshore outsourcing sector, ICT growth holds massive opportunity for job creation -- something of increasing necessity in the face of high youth unemployment.  The impact extends beyond national boards, as Egypt could play a major role in creating an alliance between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, effectively positioning the continent as an offshore outsourcing destination to rival the global leader India. Prior to the January 25 Revolution, Egypt was well on its way to establishing itself as a leader in the ICT business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Ranked fifth worldwide in terms of attractiveness in the offshore outsourcing field, Egypt was home to companies like Xceed -- the largest call center and BPO company in the southern Mediterranean, and one that I was proud to lead as CEO from 2001 until 2013.  During my tenure at Xceed, I observed the competitive advantages Egypt holds in the BPO realm. Along with a geographic location perfectly situated to service USA, Asia and Europe, Egypt sits atop the fiber optic submarine cables that connect East to West. When combined with its world-class communication systems and multilingual talent pool, Egypt's infrastructural capacity for offshore outsourcing is unparalleled.  This not only allowed Xceed to grow and flourish, but enabled other multinational call centers such as Sykes, Stream and Teleperformance to emerge within Egypt, making it an internationally competitive market. The logical next step was for Egypt to emerge as a regional leader, starting with cross-country integration of its BPO companies. However, the post-Revolutionary economic downturn prohibited these companies from seeking growth and expansion opportunities. Despite this temporary setback, now is the time to resume these plans. While the entire country struggled in the aftermath of the Revolution, the ICT sector remained an area of strength and growth -- albeit nominal -- throughout. With political stability on the horizon for Egypt, now is the time to build on this momentum, regain our lead, and uncover the potential a strong ICT sector holds for our development.  In order to do so, however, a proper ecosystem must first be created. Such a process requires dedication and stakeholder engagement on multiple levels -- namely the company, industry, and governmental level. Firstly, a minimum local demand must be created by companies -- the "bread and butter" that will both create and sustain the industry. For example, when Xceed started, we could not afford to do international projects before first establishing ourselves locally. We did this by first working with Telecom Egypt 111 -- the Telecom Egypt hotline. Starting with just 300 seats, we were able to obtain new customers by showing the results and quality of our work in action. While the BPO sector is established locally, it must continue to grow in terms of quality and capacity at the national level in order to attract international clients. Secondly, industry-wide support structures must be established -- an excellent example of which is the Smart Village. With hassle-free and world-class infrastructure, as well as business continuity services and green e-waste, the Smart Village technology park has been crucial in providing the necessary ecosystem to protect, stimulate and attract foreign direct investment to the ICT sector. This experience, while great in and of itself, must now be replicated in order to expand the sector.  Finally, governmental support on the regulatory and legislative level and partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is required to create an ecosystem conducive for ICT sector growth. With government support, the Information Technology Institute (ITI) is currently providing university graduates with two-year intensive language courses to meet the demands of offshore outsourcing call centers. Effective NGOs such as Education For Employment can also contribute to an increasingly skilled and globally competitive workforce.  Governmental support can also leverage potential partnerships and increase visibility. The local ICT industry can increase its participation in international shows under the Egyptian Pavilion, with cost-sharing schemes in partnership with the private sector. International delegations, including analysts, reporters and opinion leaders, can be invited by business associations and the government to the Smart Village and the newly-minted Maadi Technology Park to get a first-hand account of the booming ICT sector and alleviate concerns about the situation in Egypt. The government can also support and facilitate the active participation of Egyptian industry leaders as speakers in international conferences to share success stories and reinstate Egypt's position on the radar of potential outsourcers and investors. Finally, the government can actively seek out the revival of one or two anchor multinational ICT companies, such as Microsoft and Cisco, in order to serve as a success story for international media coverage. Economically, ICT holds the key to directing high levels of FDI into the local economy and giving it the push it needs.  The "Digital Economy" is not just merely online commerce. It is about applying IT and telecommunications technologies across the board as enablers of job creation, economic development, and social progress, thereby offering citizens wealth, prosperity and a better quality of life. This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and Education For Employment (EFE), a non-profit focused on creating job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Conflict and upheaval have dominated the news on MENA in 2014, and some see a region spiraling into chaos. But beneath the alarm bells, some digital pioneers are doubling down on their bets that the region's next generation could have a brighter future tied to technology and skills. For more information on EFE, read here.

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13 августа 2014, 18:41

OFFICIAL CORRECTION-UPDATE 2-Telecom Egypt posts 11 pct rise in Q2 profit, proposes dividend

(Corrects net profit figure after company re-submitted early results)    

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13 августа 2014, 12:05

UPDATE 1-Telecom Egypt posts 14 pct rise in Q2 profit, proposes dividend

CAIRO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt posted 1.02 billion Egyptian pounds ($142.66 million) in net profit in the second quarter, up 14 percent from a year ago, driven by growth in its international networks business.

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10 апреля 2014, 13:50

Telecom Egypt announces 1 Egyptian pound per share dividend

CAIRO, April 10 (Reuters) - Telecom Egypt announced a 2013 dividend of one Egyptian pound ($0.14) per share on Thursday, down from 1.30 pounds a year earlier despite higher sales and profits.    

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12 марта 2014, 13:56

UPDATE 1-Telecom Egypt expects mobile licence in March or April

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) - Egypt's landline monopoly Telecom Egypt expects a newly-formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services this month or next, the state-controlled company's chief executive said on Wednesday.

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12 марта 2014, 12:22

Telecom Egypt expects mobile licence in March or April

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) - Egypt's landline monopoly Telecom Egypt said it expects a newly formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services this month or the next, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.

22 января 2014, 22:05

OTMT unit secures Telecom Egypt link for MENA cable network

CAIRO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Telecom Egypt has sold rights for the use of part of its infrastructure to a subsidiary of Egypt's Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) , bringing the subsidiary closer to launching a submarine cable network.

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14 мая 2013, 14:36

Telecom Egypt expects 3 to 4 pct revenue growth in 2013 -CEO

CAIRO, May 14 (Reuters) - Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt said it expects three to four percent growth in its revenues in 2013, the company's managing director and chief executive told Reuters in an email on Tuesday.

01 апреля 2013, 18:59

Nathan Gardels: The Populist Temptation: Will Latin America Escape Its Past?

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- In the center of Buenos Aires, along the city's main boulevard, stands a tall building that houses the ministries of Health and Social Development. A huge visage of Eva Peron appears on both sides. The one facing the poor districts of the south is smiling and compassionate. The other, facing the rich districts to the north, is angry, agitated and defiant. Just as her image towers over the Argentine capital, so too her legacy looms over Latin America's future. Shortly before her death in 1952, "Evita" was named "Spiritual Leader of the Nation" by the Argentine Congress for her work on behalf of the poor descamisados (shirtless ones) through the Sociedad de Beneficencia charity she founded as first lady during Juan Peron's first presidential term. In popular culture and the collective memory of Latin America, she and her husband are associated with a particular brand of populism -- protected national industries and social programs for the poor majority dispensed by a caudillo, or strongman, financed by unsustainable debt and ending up in wild inflation, corruption and military coups to restore order out of the enveloping social chaos and discontent. Though the interventionist role of the military has mostly disappeared across Latin America today, the temptation of populist politics remains. Indeed, today, the temptation is greater than ever as democracy joins with a politically active middle class rising largely on the boom of exporting soya beans, corn, copper, oil and other commodities to a voracious China. Democratic elections always favor the short-term demands of the voting public over the long-term sustainability of society. By definition, the future has no political constituency today. Whether the demand is subsidies for the poor, middle-class aid for home ownership, generous pensions for organized labor or the expansion of a social safety net for all, the pressure is immense to spend and consume all the newfound riches now. Macroeconomic stability, investment in infrastructure, quality public education, and research and development that will generate future wealth inevitably take a back seat. Part and parcel of the populist temptation is the protection of national industries from competition beyond their initial gestation stage. Whoever promises the moon today, no matter the long-term costs, will be the most assured of getting elected to power. As the historical record clearly demonstrates, however, populism that ignores the laws of economics is not affordable in the long run, and then the old cycle of debt, inflation and authoritarianism will return. Fiscal responsibility and open competition are the predicates of sustainable democratic governance, not its enemy. VENEZUELA. The closest example of traditional populism has been Chavismo in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez justly set out to eradicate woeful inequality by spending oil revenues on massive new social programs for the poor. Without doubt, their lives improved during his tenure. But by the time Chavez died last month, Venezuela had the highest inflation rate in the world at nearly 23 percent and was forced to borrow $46 billion from China just to keep going. It has devalued its currency twice in recent weeks. Chavismo's hostility to foreign investment and the related failure to modernize the oil industry, which accounts for 95 percent of its exports, has led to a reduction of exports by one quarter since 1999. ARGENTINA. Argentina, once among the wealthiest nations in the world, relies on its exports of soya, wheat, beef and a host of minerals to Brazil, China and elsewhere but has spent so freely that, famously, it defaulted on its unsustainable foreign debts in 2001. Though it initially recovered as its falling currency value stimulated exports, its growth has once again stagnated, and the old specter of inflation has returned. This is reflected in the wide gap between the official exchange rate for the U.S. dollar -- around 5 pesos -- and the "parallel rate" of over 8 pesos to the dollar. If you shop at the Sunday flea market in San Telmo, the merchants will happily give you the parallel rate if you have dollars. Everyone today has a terrifying sense of déjà vu that their savings will once again evaporate into thin air. BRAZIL. For several years now Brazil has been the considered the "miracle" of Latin America, in no small part due to the Chinese demand for its oil and soya. Thanks to rapid economic growth accompanied by programs like Bolsa Familia, in which welfare for poor parents is tied to making sure their kids attend school, 22 million people have been lifted from poverty since 2003 while literacy has improved. As part of her goal of creating greater domestic economic strength and more employment opportunities for the poor, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is increasingly turning toward statist solutions rejected by both of her predecessors, Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Aside from enhancing already rampant bureaucratic corruption, this approach has also created bottlenecks that are slowing Brazil's economic miracle. Infrastructure investment has lagged growth so badly that trucks filled with soybeans line up by the hundreds at ports. This inefficiency led China to recently cancel a contract worth 5 percent of Brazil's total soya crop because it considered on-time delivery "unreliable." To revive Brazil's shipbuilding industry, the state-controlled Petrobras oil giant was ordered to buy tankers made in Brazil. Cost overruns and delayed delivery schedules are now disrupting oil shipments. Meanwhile, the discovery of shale oil around the world is threatening to undermine Brazil's overreliance on oil exports. High tariffs on goods make many consumer items expensive and retard diversification of the economy. While countries like Mexico and Chile thrive under free trade agreements, Brazil has three: with the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Israel. CHILE. Chile, Colombia and Mexico have so far done a better job of resisting the populist temptation. Chile today has become the Singapore of the Western Hemisphere. Since 95 percent of Chile's trade is bound up in free-trade agreements, you can get anything from anywhere in its glittering capital, Santiago. Its sophisticated political class has had the foresight to try to diversify the country's dependence on its main commodity, copper, almost all of which today is exported to China. When Ricardo Lagos was president from 2000 to 2006, he instituted a program to set aside revenues from futures contracts for copper and put them into a fund for research and development of new technologies. As he told me, "One day the copper will run out. We need to use today's resources to finance the future and diversify the economy. Otherwise, our prosperity will have been built on a weak basis. When the future arrives, we would then be back to square one." COLOMBIA. Colombia's current president, Jose Manuel Santos, is a "third way" leader in the mold of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. As he puts it, good governance means "as much market as possible, as much government as necessary." While courageously seeking to disengage Colombia from its long civil war with the FARC guerrillas, Santos is at the same time engaging the future, when prosperity will be built more on knowledge than commodities. To that end, he is sponsoring a program to bring computer tablets to the poorest students and expanding broadband, following South Korea's example, to 1,200 cities across the country. To avoid the kind of bloated budgets that have gotten Argentina into so much trouble, he has passed legislation that requires provincial governments to maintain fiscal balances. MEXICO. Under its new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico is leading the pack away from the populist past, building on the accomplishments of his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, as well as the NAFTA agreement in the 1990s. The economy grew at 4 percent last year and is expected to grow faster in 2013. There is a budget surplus. Mexico has a large middle class and a diversified economy that is attracting direct foreign investment -- such as from Bombardier and General Electric -- which is taking advantage of the deep engineering and professional labor pool as well as Mexico's proximity to the U.S. market. Rising wage rates in China are leading to "re-manufacturing" by companies that once left Mexico for cheaper labor. NAFTA and other free trade agreements have greatly aided diversification and reduced the price of consumer goods by 50 percent since 2000. I attended Pena Nieto's inauguration last December at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. He stood boldly in front of Carlos Slim, the telecoms mogul, and Emilio Azcarraga Jean, the media mogul, sitting a few feet away, promising to disband the television and telecoms monopolies that dominate Mexico. To robust applause, he pledged reform of the teacher's union, which, incredibly, has long had the power to hire teachers and even pass on hereditary jobs. He also promised to "open up" PEMEX, the laggard state oil monopoly that has been the core of Mexico's nationalist ideology since the 1930s, to foreign investment. Without technology and competition, the company has become a power unto itself and failed to modernize. The inaugural audience was stunned by the scope and specificity of the new president's program -- and the fact that he was openly taking on the very historical pillars of his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which had ruled Mexico for 71 years until 2000. The day after his inauguration, Pena Nieto broke the partisan rancor of the election campaign in a way that Washington could only dream of: He announced a consensus "pacto" of the other major parties in the Congress that agreed to support his list of reforms. Less than five months later, he has delivered. The head of the teachers union, Elba Esther Gordillo -- known for her luxe wardrobe and accessories -- was arrested for embezzlement. The legislation that empowers the government to break up the telecom and TV monopolies has now been passed in the Congress. The historic legislation to open up PEMEX is well under way. POPE FRANCISCO. As the new pope from Buenos Aires, Francisco, reminds us with his "preference for the poor," vast poverty weighs heavily on Latin America's future. That gap must narrow, not widen, as middle-class prosperity grows. But to finally escape its past, democratic governance must avoid the populist trap that, in the name of the poor, has so often led it back to square one instead of to a sustainable and upwardly mobile path that will endure. That is Latin America's challenge today. © 2013 GLOBAL VIEWPOINT NETWORK/TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

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14 февраля 2013, 20:22

Lebanon to launch new telecoms tender in sector revamp

DUBAI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Lebanon will launch a tender to run its two state-owned mobile phone operators, currently managed by Kuwait's Zain and Egypt's OTMT, as part of a plan to revamp the telecoms sector, a senior government adviser said.

13 января 2013, 21:20

Fighting Back Against the 'Intellectual Property' Racket

Aaron Swartz protesting SOPA (Demand Progress) Tony Cartalucci, ContributorActivist Post In your standard dictatorship, activists are brought out back and shot. In the United States' crypto-dictatorship, activists are bullied by the state until they go bankrupt, are buried under a mountain of legal woes, are publicly discredited or humiliated, or as in the case of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, made to crack under the constant pressure, and commit suicide. While superficially the United States may seem more progressive, a dead activist bullied to death for his political views, is a dead activist - whether it was a bullet in the back of the head by SS officers, or a mountain of litigation dumped upon someone by the US Department of Justice. We are All Aaron Swartz.Swartz was an active opponent of the media industry's various assaults on Internet freedom and sharing, including the scandalous SOPA/PIPA and ACTA bills. Aaron was the director of Demand Progress, which pursued the following campaigns: 1. Congress Wants To Make Streaming A Felony The big business lobbyists who are behind the Internet Blacklist Bill are already making the sequel. The “Ten Strikes” bill would make it a felony to stream copyrighted content — like music in the background of a YouTube video, movies and TV shows — more than ten times. Click here to read the text of the bill and voice your opposition. 2. Oppose Protect-IP We knew that members of Congress and their business allies were gearing up to pass a revised Internet Blacklist Bill — which more than 325,000 Demand Progress members helped block last winter — but we never expected it to be this atrocious. Last year’s bill has been renamed the “PROTECT IP” Act and it is far worse than its predecessor. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; The new PROTECT-IP Act retains the censorship components from COICA, but adds a new one: It bans people from having serious conversations about the blacklisted sites. Under the new bill, anyone “referring or linking” to a blacklisted site is prohibited from doing so and can be served with a blacklist order forcing them to stop. More than 50,000 Demand Progress members have already signed our petition opposing the bill, and you can join them here. 3. Bin Laden Is Dead. Will The Patriot Act Live On? The Patriot Act was enacted as a supposedly temporary measure in the wake of 9-11. With Bin Laden’s passing, the era of the Patriot Act, of spying on Americans who aren’t suspected of crimes, of heavy-handed abuse of our dearly held civil liberties, must come to an end. > We need to act now to make sure we win this fight. Tens of thousands of Demand Progress members have already urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act. Will you ask Congress and the President to return us to the legal norms that existed before 9-11 and start respecting our civil liberties? Click here to read more and sign the petition. 4. Tell Facebook: Stop Censoring Political Speech A range of Facebook users, from political dissidents to technology bloggers, are reporting the sudden blocking of their pages. Facebook provided no prior warning, nor was there a clear process established to restore access to the blocked pages. Will you fight back? The best way to get Facebook’s attention is to make the story go viral on their own site. 5. Tell The DOJ: Investigate Goldman Sachs Investigators discovered that Goldman traders bragged about selling “shitty” deals to clients and the mega-bank bet against the same financial products it was selling to investors. And they’ve lied about it all the way to the bank. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and small-time homeowners are in jail for mortgage fraud, but no CEOs have been prosecuted for their roles in the financial crisis. It’s time to change that. Join Senator Levin’s call for accountability by urging the Department of Justice to investigate Goldman Sachs and its CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Sign our petition and we’ll deliver this message above to the DOJ. 6. Tell Your Lawmakers: Shut Down The New Debtors’ Prisons Americans are in more debt than ever before, and the banks are going to new extremes to squeeze us for every last penny: If you can’t pay up, they’ll try to get you locked up. Read more here and add your name. We’ll automatically send an email to your state legislators. 7. Could the Government Really Shut Down Facebook? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are out of control. They’ve been seizing domain names without due process: they shut down 84,000 sites by accident last month, arrested a man for linking to other websites, and government officials think ICE and DHS are claiming powers that would even threaten sites like Facebook. Watch our video — then sign our petition. 8. Fight Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Are our leaders better than Egypt’s? Across the globe, governments know that the Internet is increasingly the lifeblood of democracy — that’s why Egypt’s oppressive regime just shut down the Internet there. But even as American politicians condemn Egypt for doing so, they’re pushing legislation to give our government the power to do the exact same thing here at home! The so-called ‘Kill Switch’ would let the president turn off our Internet — without a court even having to approve the decision. Join over 40,000 in fighting it. Add your name! 9. Let the PATRIOT Act Expire The most noxious parts of the USA PATRIOT Act are about to expire — but Congress wants to extend them again. These provisions let the government spy on people without naming them in a warrant, and secretly access your library and bank records under a gag order prohibiting anyone from letting you know. Join over 60,000 in opposing extension. Add your name! 10. No Mandatory Internet IDs! Commerce Secretary Gary Locke just announced that he’s developing virtual ID cards for Internet users — and they could pose a severe threat to our privacy! The program’s called the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” and the draft proposal indicates that we’d be forced to use the IDs for any online transactions with the government, and for online interactions with businesses that use them. Over 30,000 have told Gary Locke to back off. Add your name! 11. Protect Whistleblowers at Big Banks Crimes committed by the big banks helped crash our economy — and WikiLeaks is saying that a whistle-blower has sent them enough evidence to take down Bank of America. So now the big banks are fighting back by trying to get the government to muzzle future whistle-blowers. Tell the SEC not to listen to them. Add your name! 12. Don’t Let them Outlaw WikiLeaks! Politicians are leading the charge to outlaw WikiLeaks and undermine freedom of the press. First Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) successfully pressured to stop hosting the WikiLeaks website and now, as Julian Assange has been arrested in the UK, he’s introduced a new bill changing the law to make WikiLeaks illegal. More than 30,000 have signed our petition to stop him. Add your name! 13. Stop the TSA’s Nude Scanners! Across the country, TSA is replacing airport metal detectors with scanners that take nude photos of you — violating your rights, zapping you with X-rays that could cause cancer, and slowing down the lines. And if you opt-out, they feel up your “sensitive regions.” Lawmakers in New Jersey and Idaho are trying to stop them. Let’s get a similar bill introduced in every state! Contact your lawmaker! 14. Stop the Internet Blacklist! Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are out of control. They’ve been seizing domain names without due process: they shut down 84,000 sites by accident last month, arrested a man for linking to other websites, and government officials think ICE and DHS are claiming powers that would even threaten sites like Facebook. Over 300,000 signers! Add your name! PLUS: Download our new flyer for our Stop The Internet Blacklist campaign and start a grassroots movement in your area! Clearly, Demand Progress is not just another faux-NGO working in tandem with special interests under the guise of "human rights," "freedom," and "democracy" to peddle further exploitation and expansion of the powers that be - but rather identified these special interests by name, and exposed both their agenda and the means by which they attempt to achieve it. Swartz' death is a tragic one, and compounded by the dismissive, almost celebratory atmosphere across the corporate-media of the passing of a man they labeled a suspected criminal.Swartz was targeted b the US Department of Justice, MIT, and their corporate-financier sponsors because he was a prominent and particularly effective voice against real creeping oppression. He was a pragmatic, technical individual and proposed solutions that short-circuited the typical and ineffectual political infighting that drives most disingenuous or misguided causes.We all stand the potential of being targeted like Swartz if we allow these monopolies to continue dictating the destiny of human progress. We are all Aaron Swartz - and must realize his targeting and subsequent suicide is the manifestation of the real danger these insidious monopolies pose to us. Sharing is Not a Crime. Technologically empowered openness and generosity across the corporate-financier dominated Western World is no more a real offense than was being Jewish inside Nazi Germany. But like Nazi Germany, anything can be "outlawed" if it suits political and economic special interest. Are we truly "criminals" for not respecting laws born of special interests, detached from the will and best interests of the people? No, we most certainly aren't. Swartz allegedly downloaded scholarly files from an open and unsecured academic archive (and here). The original files are still very much intact and at the disposal of the organization that maintains the archives. Nothing was stolen, yet Swartz was accused of "theft," facing 30 years in prison and a 1 million dollar fine - this in a nation where rapists and murders can spend less time in prison, and elected representatives involved in willfully selling wars based on patently false pretenses walk free without even the faintest prospect of facing justice. Swartz' crusade against the corporate-financier interests attempting to monopolize and control communication and technology is surely why he was targeted by the federal government, academia, and their corporate-financier sponsors. It is no different than an activist being brought out back of a kangaroo court in a third-world dictatorship, and shot. The silence from so-called "human rights" advocates over the treatment, and now death of Aaron Swartz is deafening - exposing them yet again as another cog in the machine. It is time to fight back - and time to fight back without the help of these disingenuous NGOs and their purposefully futile tactics of solely protesting and petitioning. Pragmatic, technical solutions must also be explored and deployed at the grassroots to shatter these corporate-financier monopolies at the very source of their power - that is - our daily patronage and dependence on their goods and services.The Plan. An alternative to the networks, media, services, and even hardware must be devised and deployed across our local communities. Laws born of special interests and flying in the face of the people's best interests must be exposed, condemned, and entirely ignored. Taking away a human being's freedom because they copied and shared a file is unconscionable - as unconscionable as imprisoning a human being because of their political, religious, or racial background. We would ignore laws imposed upon our society singling out blacks or Jews, but not laws criminalizing sharing solely for the benefit of corporate special interests? In December 2012's "Decentralizing Telecom," a plan for establishing a second Internet, locally built and maintained, and connected with neighboring networks to run parallel to the existing Internet - but be free of large telecom monopolies - was proposed. Also published in December of 2012, was "Sharing is Not a Crime: A Battle Plan to Fight Back," which illustrated the importance of shifting entirely away from proprietary business models and instead, both using and producing open source hardware, software, news, and entertainment.  Establishing local, and eventually national and even international parallel networks is possible, but will take time. Turning toward open source software can begin today, with a visit to and exploring alternatives that are already being used by millions today. A bridge between where we are now and a truly free Internet made by the people, for the people, and entirely maintained in a decentralized, local manner, is what are called "Pirate Boxes." David Darts, an artist, designer, and coder, describes a Pirate Box as:  PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Simply turn it on to transform any space into a free and open communications and file sharing network.  Share (and chat!) Freely Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movements, PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless communications and file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content. Private and Secure PirateBox is designed to be private and secure. No logins are required and no user data is logged. Users remain completely anonymous – the system is purposely not connected to the Internet in order to subvert tracking and preserve user privacy. Easy to Use Using the PirateBox is easy. Simply turn it on and transform any space into a free communication and file sharing network. Users within range of the device can join the PirateBox open wireless network from any wifi-enabled device and begin chatting and sharing files immediately. Under David's FAQ's regarding Pirate Boxes, a particularly useful question is answered:  Can I make my own PirateBox? Absolutely! The PirateBox is registered under the GNU GPLv3. You can run it on an existing device or can be built as a stand-alone device for as little as US$35. For detailed instructions, visit the PirateBox DIY page. For the media-industry to stop the spread of local hardware solutions like Pirate Boxes, they would have to literally be in every single community, inside every single person's house, to prevent people from taking legally purchased or freely available media, and sharing it - akin to publishers policing the entire population to prevent readers from lending their friends and family their copy of a particular book. The basic principles and experience one gets from building and using a Pirate Box can allow them to tackle larger mesh networks and eventually, decentralize telecom. By encouraging local meetings where PirateBoxes are used, the foundation for new local organizations and institutions can be laid. New Paradigms Require New Institutions - Join or Start a Hackerspace Not everyone possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to create local networks or develop alternatives to the goods and services we currently depend on corporate-financier monopolies for. Even those that do, cannot, by themselves, effectively research, develop, and deploy such alternatives. By pooling our resources together in common spaces called "hackerspaces," we can. Hackerspaces are not just for technically talented individuals, but a place where anyone with the inclination to learn can come and participate. Hackerspaces can be organized under a wide range of templates - including clubs where dues are paid, spaces that earn income through providing courses or services to the community, and many others. It will be in hackerspaces, and local institutions like them, that a truly people-driven paradigm shift takes place - one of pragmatism and progress, not endlessly broken political promises from elected officials. People can visit to see the closest organization near them where they can join in. Conversely, for those who either don't have a hackerspace nearby to join, or simply want to start their own, see, "How to Start a Hackerspace," for more information on where to begin. Finally... Aaron Swartz' passing becomes even more tragic if we do not recognize what he spent his life fighting for, and realize that no matter where we think we stand on the issue of Internet freedom, the interests driving the debate from Wall Street and Washington, do not have any of our best interests in mind. We are all Aaron Swartz - to reclaim the battle cry abused so flagrantly by the West's faux-democratic "awakening" in the Arab World and beyond. And we must all become active opponents of this agenda to usurp our ability to determine our own destiny. Aaron Swartz was an exceptional proponent of Internet freedom and openness - but by all of us joining the ranks of this cause, we exponentially complicate the system's ability to target and destroy any one of us.  If your cause is just, and your means constructive and pragmatic, there isn't just "safety" in numbers, there is invincibility.Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at  Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. 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Telecom Egypt to Leave Vodafone - Analyst Blog

Vodafone Egypt is likely to see its stakes sold by Telecom Egypt, which owns approximately 45% of its shares.