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For Many, Turning off the Internet was the "Final Straw" 

In a very short time, the internet has fulfilled the promise spoke of in the early nineties.  This was illustrated again this week when the regime in Egypt dictated that the internet be turned off for the Egyptian public.  For many people around the world, this act was unforgivable and "the final straw" in their estimation on how long Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak should remain in power.  Mubarak has managed to remain president for over 30 years.  The Egyptian people have clearly had enough and the internet has clearly empowered the people of this great country to unite and rise up to improve their lives.

The internet was originally a government program that allows for people all over the world to communicate and share ideas.  This relatively new tool is so now so powerful that Egypts Ruler, Hosni Mubarak, had to shut it down in an effort to cling to power.  He also turned off cell phone use.

As a dictator, this was relatively easy to do.  You would simply order that all national ISP's be turned off.  Turning off cell phone networks are equally easy to do in a dictatorship.It will always be central to American Ideals that government power is checked and limited.  The country that invented the internet can never become one so powerful that it would censor or "shut off" the internet.

The internet levels the playing field in that people are no longer subjects to the media "gatekeepers" of the past.  People now have cameras in their phones with video capability at the ready in seconds.  When misdeeds by the Governement happen in public, there can be no control over the distribution of images taken by the public.  These images are more powerful than any army.  People are getting a view of this revolution from one another via the web and today's technology.  The brutatlity that was covered up in that past by governments against their people will now be exposed by the people given the power of the internet.  Governments can desparately try to halt opposing views but to turn off the internet will now always, thanks to Mubarak, be seen as a suicidally desparate and ignorant attempt to silence critics remain in power.

Times have changed.  The Last Poets claimed that the "Revolution will not be televised" but it will be digitized and broadcast globally from distributed sources and, yes, televised as well.

Computer Engineers have played a role in changing the world for ever and for better.  But its still only the beginning.  The future remains extremely bright for people looking to get a career as a computer engineer.  Think of the great advancements we're capable of doing in the future.  Today's computer engineering students will help to shape all of our tomorrows. 

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