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Telcos called to account for inaction on anniversary of Egypt blackout

Author: Jeff Landale, Access, Published on: 28 January 2013

Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of the internet and mobile network blackout designed to undermine the anti-government protests in Egypt. This event catapulted the issue of telecoms and human rights onto the international stage. To mark this anniversary, Access has sent a letter to the telecommunication sector’s Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy, an industry working group that arose in the aftermath of the incident. The letter addresses the failure of the major telecoms involved to provide principled guidance to the industry and issues a statement of expectations to governments that would request restrictions on user rights. [members of the dialogue are: Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, France Telecom-Orange, Millicom, Nokia Siemens Networks, Tele2, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telenor, and Vodafone]

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Related companies: Alcatel-Lucent (part of Nokia) AT&T BT France Telecom (now Orange) Millicom Nokia Telefónica Telenor TeliaSonera Vodafone