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    Arrow Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    Hello everyone, today May 15 2011, thousands of people protested in Istanbul against the Turkish government's decision to restrict even more Turkish people's freedom: Internet access will be limited, censorship even more strictly enforced & the already huge list of forbidden websites expanded. The new freedom-limiting law will be effective on August, 22...

    A few M9 images out of the protest, which went peacefully, undisturbed by the Police and without incidents.









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    Re: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    Sounds like my office where we are blocked from a ton of content. At my office it is pretty annoying but funny. In the real world it is a big problem.

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    Re: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    Lots of businesses block websites. Our firm blocks porno sites for example because, among other things, having raunchy images up on a computer screen can offend women - and anyhow the computers are the firm's and should be used for work. They don't block news sites or even ebay (or forums like this) so it is really not intrusive. But it is a private firm. Having the government tell you what you can see on your own computer in your own home is totally different and totally repugnant. And totally totalitarian.
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    Re: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Sounds like my office where we are blocked from a ton of content. At my office it is pretty annoying but funny. In the real world it is a big problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by weinschela View Post
    Lots of businesses block websites. Our firm blocks porno sites for example because, among other things, having raunchy images up on a computer screen can offend women - and anyhow the computers are the firm's and should be used for work. They don't block news sites or even ebay (or forums like this) so it is really not intrusive. But it is a private firm. Having the government tell you what you can see on your own computer in your own home is totally different and totally repugnant. And totally totalitarian.
    Indeed, the situation in Turkey is on a dangerous slope towards totalitarianism, and what is worse is that it will take one of the most dangerous forms of it: totalitarianism hidden under the cover of a formal democracy... I really hope the world press and governments will take notice and help steering the country, the biggest secular & democratic muslim country in the world, back to the right course.
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    Re: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    One solution is to use a VPN server, to take back you internet freedom. I end use using my VPN connection all the time. I know it is ridiculous that I need to use it but is is necessary when you can not trust. I have found that Road Warrior VPN to be quite reliable. None of the servers are currently blocked. Tell the world while being secure!

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    Re: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey

    Quote Originally Posted by MJam View Post
    One solution is to use a VPN server, to take back you internet freedom. I end use using my VPN connection all the time. I know it is ridiculous that I need to use it but is is necessary when you can not trust. I have found that Road Warrior VPN to be quite reliable. None of the servers are currently blocked. Tell the world while being secure!
    Thing is, while you could use such systems now in Turkey, after August 22 using any of these system will be considered illegal, you (theoretically at least) will be tracked and punished according to the new law. Wether they will be able in practice to control all IPs and come get anyone using a proxy is a totally different matter, of course, but the threat itself will discourage many to even try and do so.

    Bottom line, is an antidemocratic law that bodes very badly for the country's future.
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