Stepping back from the site security scene to consider the stunning upheaval in the streets of Egypt, here’s a piece by Mark Chubb on the Homeland Security Watch blog on the “resilient revolution” there.
Chubb notes “five metatrends” that he feels explain why, so far, the Egyptian upheaval is unfolding in a relatively orderly manner. The demonstrations have been organized by small groups on a local, decentralized, basis. The demand has been kept simple – “Mubarak must go.” Keeping things simple has encouraged a varied assortment of people to join the demonstrations. The protestors have been well-connected, remaining functional despite the government’s shutdown of the Internet and other telecommunications services. And the military and protesters alike have been open in expressing their intentions and expectations.
As a result of adopting principles like these, Chubb says, “We have a long way to go, but this is looking better than almost anybody could have imagined even a short time ago.”