OU812
Topic Author
Posts: 563
Joined: Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:19 am

Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:18 am

The indoctrination in the Mid-East continues !

http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1963166,00.html

Censorship fears rise as Iran blocks access to top websites


Robert Tait in Tehran
Monday December 4, 2006
The Guardian


Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world's most popular websites. Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them.


[Edited 2006-12-06 16:21:38]
 
flynavy
Posts: 2177
Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:48 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:41 am

Experienced some censorship in the UAE recently, too (albeit not to the degree that Iran is doing). Some sites, considered mainstream by my friends and I here in the States, were blocked because they did not reflect the "moral and ethical values" of the UAE -- the service was Etisalat.

Don't get me wrong - I love the UAE and Dubai especially. But I found it a little frustrating.  Smile
Change is: one airline, six continents!
 
User avatar
Aaron747
Posts: 8529
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2003 2:07 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:46 am

Apparently nobody informed these folks that the world is now flat  Smile
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
 
luv2fly
Posts: 11056
Joined: Tue May 13, 2003 2:57 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:50 am

This type of stuff really surprises me in this day and age.
You can cut the irony with a knife
 
User avatar
ManuCH
Crew
Posts: 2677
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:33 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:07 am

Apparently Etisalat is also censoring Voice Over IP. I work for a Swiss VoIP provider, and several Etisalat customers have been unable to use our service lately.
Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself
 
ME AVN FAN
Posts: 12970
Joined: Fri May 31, 2002 12:05 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:08 am

Quoting Flynavy (Reply 1):
Some sites, considered mainstream by my friends and I here in the States, were blocked because they did not reflect the "moral and ethical values" of the UAE -

-
There were some similar things in Tunisia some 5 years ago, but no longer this year. Looks as Abidine Ben Ali is liberalising things quite nicely. In 2002, some particular (mainly US-American) WEBsites were barred, and you were "encouraged to contact the Ministry of Telecommunications for permission".
 
ME AVN FAN
Posts: 12970
Joined: Fri May 31, 2002 12:05 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:22 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Apparently nobody informed these folks that the world is now flat

sure, but please please do NOT advise them that many of their citizens find tricks to circumvent such silly things. Btw., the cargo-tracking-sector of the WEBsite of ELAL is freely accessible all over the Arab World !
-

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 4):
a Swiss VoIP

Eday ? whatever, you simply have to check your WEBsite for things which may lead people to the idea you were a US-American company. In case, your WEBsite is .com, open a WEBsite with the same name but with .ch at the end and an automatic switch-over. And tell the programmer to insert words like Europe/Switzerland/Ticino/Locarno/Lugano in as many places as possible. The problem will get solved quite easily !
-
 
EWRCabincrew
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon May 08, 2006 2:37 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:41 am

So much for a free, liberal society where the citizens can decide for themselves what is right or wrong.

God, or Allah, forbid that people choose. Let the government do that for you instead.

[Edited 2006-12-06 17:42:14]
You can't cure stupid
 
User avatar
ManuCH
Crew
Posts: 2677
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:33 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:57 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 6):
Eday ?

No, Ticinocom. I think they are blocking the actual SIP packets. We have tried telling the customers to insert the actual IP address of our SIP server in their client hardware/softphone, but the packets never arrive... they can see the actual web site, though. It's not easy to make a complete diagnosis without being there, but I don't have any plans to travel to the UAE for the moment  Smile

-Manuel
Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself
 
Emirates773ER
Posts: 1318
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:10 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:00 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 6):
sure, but please please do NOT advise them that many of their citizens find tricks to circumvent such silly things.

True, I used to change tamper with the proxy all the time when I was growing up in dubai. Used it for two years until someone found out and etisalat rectified the problem.
The Truth is Out There ---- Face It!!!!!
 
ME AVN FAN
Posts: 12970
Joined: Fri May 31, 2002 12:05 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 8):
plans to travel to the UAE for the moment

why not paying a visit to Dubai with some overnight-stays in the Burj-el-Arab paid by Ticinocom ? It might be interesting anyway. There are amazing things like the Dubai Internet City www.dubaiinternetcity.com to be visited.
 
flynavy
Posts: 2177
Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:48 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:24 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
There are amazing things like the Dubai Internet City www.dubaiinternetcity.com to be visited.

But only if Allah approves!

And people wonder why I'm agnostic!
Change is: one airline, six continents!
 
flynavy
Posts: 2177
Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:48 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:28 am

Additionally, Etisalat bans the Skype website. Found that out the hard way back in October. I'd been communicating with my family and friends via Skype for a majority of the time I was out of the US, only to find that the UAE bans it.

I did some research on it, only to find that they ban it because they want to preserve their telecommunications monopoly.

Rediculous!
Change is: one airline, six continents!
 
OU812
Topic Author
Posts: 563
Joined: Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:19 am

RE: Iran Blocks Access To YouTube/Amazon.com & More

Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:13 am

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 7):

So much for a free, liberal society where the citizens can decide for themselves what is right or wrong.

God, or Allah, forbid that people choose. Let the government do that for you instead.

What's even more disturbing is the treatment of Gays in Iran. Also, disturbing is what I witnessed watching an ABC special about Iran where they showed Iranian youth chanting " Death to America " ! This combination of Indoctrination & censorship will NOT help matters at all in the mid-east !

http://www.oasismag.com/node/12342

Gay youth hung in Iran - UPDATED
21 July, 2005 - 3:29am --- jeff


Hmm, this brings a new focus to the war that is going on. In this picture of their final moments, two teenage boys - one under 18 - were publicly hanged by the Islamo-fascist regime in Iran yesterday for being gay.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], PacificBeach88 and 41 guests