Global tech and domestic tactics: Egypt’s multifaceted regime of information controls

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Joey Shea

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Egyptian security agencies have effectively combined sophisticated technology purchased internationally with their own home-grown surveillance and censorship tactics to produce a pervasive, multidisciplinary regime of information control.

This unique combination of technologies and techniques pulls the country’s cyber norms towards the cyber sovereignty pole of cybersecurity governance, while simultaneously demonstrating Egypt’s contradictory relationship with the other end of the spectrum, the multistakeholderism model. Mass censorship of websites, enabled by advanced deep-packet-inspection technology sourced from a Western company, is reinforced by arrest campaigns that target digital expression. The interaction between these censorship and surveillance tactics also demonstrates how new globally proliferated technologies are adapted within the framework of existing local practices.

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