Arik Hesseldahl

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Deposed Egyptian President Fined for Internet Shutdown

An Egyptian administrative court fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two former officials the equivalent of $91 million on Saturday for cutting mobile and Internet services during protests in January, according to a Reuters report. It was the first court ruling to be made against Mubarak since he was ousted on February 11.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work