(The Hosting News) – Google traffic reports are saying that Internet services to Libya are somewhat patchy after an outage over the weekend. Unrest continues in Libya as the population continues to protest the Government of Muammar Gaddafi. On Monday, more than 60 people were killed, according to local reports.
Starting Friday night, the entire country of Libya went offline. Some have compared this to the same way Egypt’s government shut down their internet access only a few days prior to these events. Protesters in Egypt used social networking tools such as Facebook or Twitter to stay in touch with one another.
While there is no real standard in measuring internet access around the world, Google’s transparency report does a good job at measuring Google traffic from countries around the world. With the popularity of Google, this might be the best tool we have right now to unbiasedly tell the health of the internet from country to country.
Saturday morning, Libya started to come back online. However, one-third of the country at that time was still without Internet access.
With a growing unrest across the Middle East and northern Africa, more people are turning towards internet solutions to network and find out what is going on. With Egypt’s internet access shut down and restored during the heat of their protests, one has to wonder how much more internet access might be throttled by the leaders in the world before the unrest ends.