Turkish internet closures spark doubt over freedoms: “Turkish internet closures spark doubt over freedoms
A Turkish court decision to ban the website of a renowned British atheist academic has stirred fresh doubts about the European Union candidate’s commitment to freedom of speech.
Approximately 850 internet websites, including Youtube, have been blocked this year in Turkey, the number swollen by recent laws making it possible to block sites without a court order.
‘When you look at internet regulation Turkey looks to be in the same league as Tunisia or North Korea, and that doesn’t bode well for EU requirements,’ said Cengiz Aktar, professor at Istanbul’s Bahcesehir University.
Government moves to reduce the availability of suicide sites on the internet may herald a new era of online censorship in the UK.…
(Via The Register – Public Sector.)
The most expensive and forbidden Internet, Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Last year, Turkish Internet users launched a terrific campaign to protest new prices. Despite responsible authorities continuing to handle the price rise their way. We know how poor the speed and quality of Internet connections, despite their astronomic prices. And now there comes the Internet bans.
I suggest you take a look at the Telecommunication Directorate Web site, a governmental institution protecting the country against the Internet, and read their mission posted at: (www.tib.gov.tr). No need to be an astrologer to figure out that the institution’s philosophy is not a quest for positive action or the better implementation of a genuine Internet policy. The entire issue is nothing but establishing a control and censorship machinery.
The first three activities in the job description of the Internet sub-directorate are to take preventive measures, to curb the access of harmful content and to determine broadcasting policy. And there comes the key article: For crimes listed in the first clause of the Article 8 of the Law (encouragement for suicide, child molestation, promotion of narcotics, hazardous substance for health, obscenity, prostitution and gambling) the directorate is responsible for the setting up of all required infrastructure, including a monitoring and information center in order to prevent these crimes.
Post from: TorrentFreak
Michael Moore’s new film about the run up to the 2004 US election was released online today, only for US and Canada residents. In order to maximize capacity, they’ve even embraced BitTorrent, and the official download is using the Pirate Bay tracker. To the dismay of their lawyers, however, this also lifts the geographical restrictions.
The film, intended by Moore ‘to bring out millions of young and new voters on November 4th.’, covers his tour just prior to the 2004 US Presidential election, rallying to protest against President Bush. It covers a 42 day tour, over 60+ cities, and the obstacles put in place by Republicans.
To some this might not seem like a worthy event for TorrentFreak to cover, after all, films come out every week. However, this film markets itself as ‘…the first time ever that a major feature-length film is debuting as a free download on the Internet – legally.’ – a title that could arguably fall to Steal This Film. Yet, its the interaction between the legal and technical aspects that are the biggest story here.
First and foremost, the film’s website states that downloads are available in the US and Canada only. It states this not just once, but twice AND uses an IP lookup system to check. If you fail the IP check, you are told that the lawyers have said the film can only be offered to people in those countries.
It’s such a ’shame’ then, that they have used BitTorrent. Worse, they’ve used a set of public trackers (including The Pirate Bay), and allowed the use of both Peer Exchange and DHT. Clearly, all it needs is for someone to offer the .torrent to other people, and they can download the film, as the torrent protocol has no methods for limiting by geographical location. Indeed, as you can see on this screenshot, there are plenty of people on the torrent from outside North America.
Is this deliberate, or accidental? Moore is known for his disregard of rules (and laws) in making films (such as his Cuba trip for Sicko), and this could be the latest example. Alternatively, it could be a lack of understanding on the part of those that are providing the technical backend.
However, with a budget of $2 million for distribution, Brave New Films could have done better, and have set up their own tracker, enforcing a US and Canada only download. Not that this would have helped much. It’s the Internet, and once it’s downloaded, it can be retorrented. In that they might be foresighted enough to try and keep the downloads together, strengthening the swarm.
Gunman kills nine at Finnish school: “Killer dies from self-inflicted gun wounds day after he was questioned by police over YouTube footage”
Victor Keegan: The government must invest in faster broadband: “Victor Keegan: Helping children access the net is great, but the government needs to invest in faster broadband to aid the UK economy”
YouTube treads fine line over Finnish gunman video: “Within a couple of hours of the shootings in Kaujahoki, several videos posted
by the YouTube user Wumpscut86 had been taken down by the site.”
In a move that could affect millions of people around the world, the US government has quietly relaxed a two-decade-old policy that limited the reading and copying of papers and electronic data carried by travelers crossing into American borders, according to recently released documents.…
(Via The Register – Public Sector.)