Google Restores Social Network in Egypt for Obama?

We keep hearing how it was the Social Networks that had much to do with the present unrest in the Middle East, with the Egyptian government cutting off the Internet. Now we learn, Obama’s best friends from Google have come up with a work around. Robert Gibbs has said that Egypt must restore Social Networks. Switched

Internet service in Egypt is now totally shut down and there are reports that cell phone service has again been cut, but that won’t stop people from finding ways to reach out and express themselves.

One creative solution is from engineers at Google, Twitter and SayNow, a company that Google recently acquired, who have created a way for people from Egypt to Tweet via landline.

According to the Google blog, “Anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required.” Huffington Post

Do you really think that Google did this on their own? That this was not discussed with the White House and Obama?

“What we shared is a belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down,” Obama told Google employees during a 2007 visit to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Money CNN

Earlier we posted how the State Dept was holding meetings with Egyptian dissidents. Digging more into the meeting of the Alliance of Youth Movements with these dissidents, what a surprise. The Executives from Google and Facebook were in attendance. Attendee List

Here is what happened at theAlliance of Youth Movements meeting.

These discussions contributed to the construction of Creating Grassroots Movements for Change: A Field Manual and the launch of a new organization, The Alliance of Youth Movements that will work to help other organizations use online technology to advance their causes.

The Summit also launched the Youth Movements Hub where emerging youth organizations can access and share “how-to” guides and tips on how to use social-networking and other technologies to promote freedom and justice and counter violence, extremism and oppression. Including instructional videos and text guides, links to related online resources and discussion forums for sharing experiences, ideas and advice, the hub will remain the central resource for The Alliance of Youth Movements.

More on Obamas’s good friends:

In Google (GOOGFortune 500), the $22-billion-a-year online-advertising Goliath, Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit. Google executives, led by CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are scary smart and supremely self-confident (much like the President himself), and despite their company’s growing power, they depict themselves as advocates for consumers.

The President relies on Google execs for tech and economic advice as his own regulators scrutinize the online-ad behemoth  Money CNN

Because the company and administration are so like-minded, it should come as no surprise that Google executives soon found themselves assuming roles in the Obama administration.

Indeed, two of Obama’s economic tenets — support for more U.S.-educated engineers and the expansion of Internet services to poor and rural areas — grew out of a visit to Google headquarters in 2004, an encounter Obama recalls in his book “The Audacity of Hope.”

Google managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign, according to the website Among corporate employees, only staffers at Goldman Sachs (GSFortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT,Fortune 500) gave more.

CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.

 Money CNN

Thanks to Ameristroika for many of the sources. A must visit.

11 Responses to “Google Restores Social Network in Egypt for Obama?”

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  4. Douglas Stewart Says:

    Hey Guys-Doug Stewart here from Ameristroika,

    Thanks for linking and looking over the post about the Egyptian dissidents. I wrote a condensed version on Yahoo and I got a few liberals (who had signed up today!) messaging me asking me to take down some of the oder links. (State Department Interview and Briefing-and the old Howcast links) They were polite but accused my sources of being inaccurate. So I asked them to what facts I had gotten wrong or what had changed. Turns out it was nothing. One finally admitted by saying that everything was supposed to be transfered over to and asked me to use their info strictly from that site. Of course none of the info that I really needed was there!

    Another reason for my comment here is that I am sitting on quite a few documents that cover various topics thatwould interest us. I would like to start getting them onto docstoc, share the links with you guys (Bunkerville and Steve Dennis-as well as any other blog friends) so we can start pouring over them. Let me know if anyone wants to team up. My personal email is on my contact page and I look forward to hearing from you guys.

    PS-I dont bother with Freedom of Information Acts or Internet Archiving sites (they are mulled over to death). I have obtained tons of stuff from people misplacing files in public folders. For example my recent post on the green group 25×25 has all of its documents hosted on one of the teachers union websites×25-why-are-they-hosted-on-aft-web-servers/

    or the DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee-I obtained the local teachers unions personal letters that shows they had intended on getting rid of her before the school year was started or before any valid complaints could be logged

    I hope to hear from you guys-I have too many docs to ever get through by myself. Once I start uploading them to docstoc its a free for all. You find a lead or something interesting and we’ll stay in touch so we dont end up copying each other.


  5. Steve Dennis Says:

    This is very interesting indeed. We know that there was no way Google did this on their own and we know that Obama is very tight with Google and we also have heard rumors that Obama secretly supports the revolution. So what better way to keep the revolution going than to restore the lines of communication which we are being told is how this revolution started? There is more to this story.


    • bunkerville Says:

      I agree completely. I spent just a few hours with what documents Ameristroka has avaiable on his site. This is a planned event completely, and methods are being created to radicalize folks everywhere. Obama even has vids he used in his election campaign available. Chilling. A good book to write for someone.


  6. Karen Howes Says:

    Hmm, it does make me wonder!

    I think it’s good that people have at least found ways around the internet cut.

    Just imagine if our wonderful gov’t controlled OUR internet– they could do the same thing to us.


    • bunkerville Says:

      I gues it depends on the purpose. Keep the Coptic Christians in your prayers. Mubarak protected them as well as Israe.


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