Turks Protest Internet Censorship

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  1. Anonymous Member


    ISTANBUL — Thousands of Turks gathered in some 40 cities and towns around the country on Sunday, to join marches organized on Facebook against state Internet censorship.

    The trigger for the protests was a decision by Turkey’s Internet regulator, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, or BTK, to introduce a selection of filters that Turkish Internet users would choose from before browsing the Internet, beginning in August.

    “These filters would turn the Internet into a state-controlled area,” said Serkan Dogan, 29, an Istanbul software programmer who said he was taking part in his first political demonstration. “You’d enter a channel leading you to the server of the state, which distributes the Internet to millions of users. The system enables the control of citizens…like telephone tapping.”

    Protesters also have been upset by a BTK announcement that it will ban a list of words from use in domain names. According to press reports, those banned words would include things as common as “blonde” and “sister-in-law.”

    Earlier this month, BTK head Tayfun Acarer told reporters that the accusations of censorship were baseless, as use of the four proposed state filters — children’s profile, family profile, domestic or standard profile — would be voluntary. However, Mr. Acarer gave few details of how the system would work.

    Asked about the list of banned words for domain names, a BTK spokesman responded by sending an email with a dozen of the rudest words in the Turkish lexicon, without comment or explanation.

    On Sunday, many Turks who turned out to protest appeared unconvinced by the BTK’s reassurances. Thousands of people snaked through Istanbul’s central shopping street, Istiklal, chanting slogans and waving banners such as “Don’t Touch My Internet,” “We will not bow to censorship,” and “Yes We Ban!”

    One reason for the lack of public trust is the government’s record of interference on the Net. According to a report prepared by Freedom House, a Washington-based human rights organization, over 5,000 websites were blocked in Turkey as of July 2010, and the number has since risen. For two years, those banned sites included YouTube, Google’s Internet video platform.

    “It’s the job of the family to regulate a child’s Internet use. This paves way to censorship,” Ozge Ozkan, a 23-year-old Istanbul law student, said of the BTK’s proposed system of state filters.
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  2. Herro Member

    Nice. Glad to see the citizens of Turkey are paying attention.
  3. Big323 Member

    more than I can say for the U.S.
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  5. an0nim0uz Member

    Don't question Tommy Wiseau.
  6. Big323 Member

    your tearing me apart Herro!
  7. Herro Member

    That's no reason to mix up your and you're.

    Edit: Note that I could have gone with a large penis / anal intercourse joke here but refrained from doing so. As you can see, I am a perfect gentleman.
  8. Anonymous Member

    We need to be doing the same thing.
  9. unnamed1 Member

    Censorship and web filters are be coming a big thing in the uk vrigin media spy on customers to see if they use p2p networks, more and more isp are starting to do this, as presure comes from enterteainmet industys, even thought they have made milllions in profit, we now have the 3 strike rule letters sent out after 3 times your cut off the net by isp, but now some part of the goverment want to block sites, we need to keep the internet free flow and open we can not let goverments control the flow and information, this would be wrong we need to make a stand,
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