Now Bambuser live streaming mobile video of protests is blocked by Egypt

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Well, so far the authoritarian regime in Egypt has taken steps to crack down on the uprising of its population by shutting down first Twitter and now Facebook, and thus useful parts of the movement’s ability to organise itself. No-one is suggesting that these this are essential to the people on the ground, but they certainly can’t hurt.

Now the government is taking steps to shut down web video services, and one of them is the live mobile video startup Bambuser. The company has now confirmed in a blog post that the service was shut down yesterday.

The government there is also reportely blocking 3G access in demonstration areas to prevent live streaming. Inspired by the recent Tunisian demonstrations against corruption, protesters are massing in Cairo to demonstrate against government corruption and policies.

Meanwhile, Bambuser (which also runs on over 250 mobile phones, including those on Android, Sambung Bada, Symbian and Windows) has updated its iPhone application (iTunes link) to combine lower latency and higher quality live broadcasting. It’s also using hardware accelerated video streaming, alongside on-demand frame rate enhancements to improve the service.

Bambuser remains independent while it’s main competitor, Qik, was recently acquired by Skype.

Here are some of the videos posted on Bambuser before the block came into effect. And here’s a list of the videos posted from Egypt before the block.

  • Shan

    Great..way to go Egypt..get rid of scamsters and corrupt from your country..Wish we could also do in India

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    Finnaly………

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  • http://twitter.com/SOCIAL_IRELAND SOCIAL IRELAND

    Egypt maybe blocking twitter , but dose twitter block users tweets that dont support their agenda ? #ge11 @social_ireland

  • Hamdy007

    twitter is not blocked any more now i just tried it, also Facebook wasn’t blocked a minute, i am using vodafone connection

  • Activist1

    Any news on a possible workaround?

  • Activist1

    Any news on a possible workaround?

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