Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 21:59:48
Journalist and blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy started the project in October 2008.
Hossam wrote Piggipedia's manifesto on his blog 3arabawy:
Translation: Encyclopedia of Torturers
The core component of the project is a photo pool on Flickr where users could upload photos of officers accused of crimes and identify them.
Caption translation: Image of an officer, accused of assaulting a female student.
Note: We have obscured faces where identifiable.
Mark Allen Peterson of Connected in Cairo blogged about Piggipedia as a tool of creative resistance in Egypt.
It seems Mubaraks government had its own plan to counter this gaze.
On March 5th, Hossam and other protesters stormed the state security headquarters in Nasr City.
In another raid on State Security offices in Damanhour, protesters found an internal memo that mentioned Piggipedia. Hossam blogged about the memo.
The letter outlines a strategy to combat Piggipedia. It recommends that officers use fake names when addressing one another, that they only drive Security Service cars, and that all pictures and cell phones be banned inside all police and SS buildings.
In the Nasr City raid, Hossam made a startling discovery.
Flickr administrators promptly removed the photo set, citing copyright infringement. This is a copy of the letter that Hossam received.
Hossam was not deterred. From his blog:
For it's part, the Egyptian police launched a Facebook page titled "Officers Against Corruption."
The Egyptian Interior Ministry has launched a similar Facebook campaign.
In a post-Mubarak era, the Piggipedia project is far from over. Hossam continues to blog the whereabouts of security officials during the Egyptian government's transition.
Here's one recent entry about the Security Service General keeping his post on the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, the government body that organized the internet blackout in Egypt from January 27th to Feburary 3rd.
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