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EXTENT /////////ACTIVISM EREA///////// ///////////GREEN LINE TURKEY-PAKISTAN/////////
///////////END GREEN LINE ///////// //Tunisia Activism//
  1. MINI GREEN
    Unblock Dailymotion Campaign "403 Access Denied Checker"
    Following the ban, the Tunisian blogger and activist Astrubal developed the "403 Checker" to help activists in nations where censorship takes place to test local blockages. "403 Checker" aims to make it easy for any one to quickly check a huge number of urls and share the result with the public.

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.
    Wordprexy WordPrexy
    WordPrexy is being used in Tunisia to access specific blocked blogs hosted on wordpress.com like Citizen Zouari, the blog of the journalist and former political prisoner Abdallah Zouari who was banished to remote south of the country -500 kilometers from his family's home in Tunis- in retaliation for his outspoken criticism for the Tunisian regime.
    ////////////TUNISIA///////// //Turkey Activism//
  2. MINI GREEN
    Wordprexy WordPrexy
    As a reaction to the court's decision to block access to the entire WordPress.com blogging platform in Turkey, following a libel action brought by the Islamic-creationist, Adnan Oktar, Great Firewall of Turkey activists launched WordPrexy.com project to make Turkish blogs hosted on WordPress.com accessible. WordPrexy is a WordPress-specific proxy server that mirrors the content of WordPress.com

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    WordPrexy is being used elsewhere in the world as well, like in Thailand where wordpress.com also has been blocked and in Tunisia to access specific blocked blogs hosted on wordpress.com like Citizen Zouari, the blog of the journalist and former political prisoner Abdallah Zouari who was banished to remote south of the country -500 kilometers from his family's home in Tunis- in retaliation for his outspoken criticism for the Tunisian regime.

    Unblock WordPress in Turkey Unblock WordPress in Turkey
    With the WordPress block in Turkey, the MidEast Youth has launched a petition calling on the Turkish government to invalidate the ban.
  3. //Thailand activism//
  4. MINI GREEN
    Beat the Censors "Beat the Censors!"
    The "Beat the Censors"Unblock ICT!" CD features 41 software applications to circumvent Website-blocking by Thai censors, anonymous proxy servers and MICT's secret blocklists, in both English & Thai. Many international websites and NGO's are offering to host the CD on their servers for download. Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) activists have also made "Beat the Censors" available on BitTorrent peer-to-peer networks with cross-platform versions (Windows, Linux and Macintosh).
    FACT is maintaining a very active and constantly updated [blog] campaign, reporting on censorship, running petitions, providing circumvention tools and guides (in Thai and English) for anonymous blogging and bypassing censorship. FACT publishes the government's secret block lists with detailed analyses and has mobilized a street demonstration at the country's premier computer venue described as "nonviolent civil disobedience".

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Wordprexy WordPrexy
    Great Firewall of Turkey's WordPrexy- the WordPress-specific proxy server that mirrors the content of WordPress.com- is being used like in Thailand where wordpress.com also has been blocked.

    Beat the Censors
    Photo Credit - sivanelle: Anti-censorship protestors gathered outside Pantip Plaza, a popular IT mall. June 9th, 2007. In this demonstration, FACT activists distributed "a gift of freedom" to Thai Internet users, "T-shirts! buttons! stickers! and thousands of copies of a free CD-ROM, "Beat the Censors!Unblock ICT!"
//Bahrain Activism// MINI GREEN
Slap the Block Google Earth | PDF | E-mail
Following the ban on Google Earth, Bahraini cyberactivists circulated via email a PDF file with tens of downloaded images of royal palaces, private islands, marinas and golf courses, comparing that with crowded Shiite villages and neighborhoods.

Photo-sharing websites
Photo-sharing website Flickr has also been used to disseminate those images.
/////////END Tunisia-Egypt-Bahrain///////// /////////China-Iran-UAE///////// //China Activism//
  1. MINI GREEN
    Access Flickr!
    Following the ban on Typepad blogging service, Asiapundit has developed the "censored by Cisco" badges that Chinese bloggers hosted on Typepad can display on their blocked blog to create awareness of the problem. "I'm not accusing Cisco (...) I believe that calling upon them to explain themselves, and what they know, is a more useful way to gain attention than calling on the CPC to defend itself," Asiapundit said.

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Access Flickr!
    Access Flickr!
    Hamed Saber, the developer of the Firefox extension Access Flickr! is collaborating with Chinees activists to bypass the ban imposed by the Great Firewall in China on the photo-sharing site flickr.com. A Chinees HowTo of the extension has been added and made available for the Chinese Flickr Community. Hamed was also supporting the UAE Flickr community to circumvent the block on flickr in the UAE.
  2. //Iran Activism//
  3. MINI GREEN
    Access Flickr!
    Access Flickr!
    Following the ban on Flickr.com in his country, Hamed Saber developed a Firefox extension Access Flickr! that enabled his fellow citizens to circumvent the flickr.com filter (see his interview with Global Voices).

    FreeAccess Plus!
    More Speed More Progress
    Based on the above “Access Flickr” Firefox extension, another Iranian developer, MohammadR, has released “FreeAccess Plus!“, a nifty extension that turns Firefox into a proxy that bypasses censorship on popular Web 2.0 websites such as YouTube, del.icio.us, Flickr, Technorati.com, FriendSter.com, livejournal.com, MySpace, Hi5 and others.

    More Speed More Progress
    More Speed More Progress
    Iranian Internet users have launched several online petitions to protest against the decision to restrict high speed internet connections to 128 kilobytes a second.

    Say No to censorship in Iran Say No to censorship in Iran

    On Aug 27, 2007, the Anti censorship committee In Iran (Iran Proxy) has launched an online petition, in several languages, condemning "all efforts by governments and telecommunication firms both within Iran and outside of the country who implement restrictions to the free exchange of speech and ideas."

    The petition to unblock Orkut has gathered over 25004 signatures.

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Access Flickr!
    Access Flickr!
    Hamed Saber, the developer of the Firefox extension Access Flickr! is collaborating with Chinees activists to bypass the ban imposed by the Great Firewall in China on the photo-sharing site flickr.com. A Chinees HowTo of the extension has been added and made available for the Chinese Flickr Community. Hamed was also supporting the UAE Flickr community to circumvent the block on flickr in the UAE.
    //United Arab Emirates Activism//
  4. MINI GREEN
    UAE Internet users have carried out several online petitions and protest actions urging United Arab Emirates main ISP Etisalat to lift the ban on different websites including: Unban ZillR in UAE, Don't Block FaceBook, Unblock DeviantArt, protest the ban on Voice Over IP (VoiP) applications such as Skype and Vonage.

    We will not be silenced
    We will not be silenced
    The UAE Flickr community (one of the most important cluster on Flickr) organized massive protest on Flickr to get the block lifted. Hundreds of photos involved in the protest are availble on Flickr.

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Access Flickr!
    Access Flickr!
    Hamed Saber, the developer of the Firefox extension Access Flickr! is collaborating with Chinees activists to bypass the ban imposed by the Great Firewall in China on the photo-sharing site flickr.com. A Chinees HowTo of the extension has been added and made available for the Chinese Flickr Community. Hamed was also supporting the UAE Flickr community to circumvent the block on flickr in the UAE.
/////////END China-Iran-UAE///////// /////////END China-Iran-UAE///////// //MYANMAR ACTIVISM// MINI GREEN
Media Campaign
Blogger Yan Aung proposes the Media Campaign to help Myanmar bloggers to overcome with Blogspot restriction, and utalize Wordpress platform for future blogging.

//END MYANMAR ACTIVISM// /////////Fiji-New-Zealand///////// //Fiji Activism//
  1. INVISIBLE
    //New Zealand Activism//
  2. MINI GREEN

    On May 14th, 2007, when the Fiji Military Forces (FMF) announced that it has a list of about 20 people who will be arrested in connection with anti-military blogs and that the FINTEL - Fiji's only ISP- has been ordered to block blogspot.com blogging platform, nearly exclusively used by the "Fijian Freedom Bloggers", a group composed of prominent bloggers from New Zealand offered its support to provide hosting on their servers to the Fijian blogs (Read the whole story on our blog).
/////////End Fiji-New-Zealand///////// /////////PAKISTAN-INDIA///////// //Pakistan Activism//
  1. MINI GREEN
    Don't Block the Blog Campaign Don't Block the Blog
    On March 3rd 2006, following the ban on blogspot.com domain, the Alvie-e-team (Awab Alvi & Omer Alvie) launched the Don't Block the Blog Campaign "to support free speech of Pakistani bloggers and internet free speech in general."

    Slap the Block Slap the Block (pkblogs.com)
    In March, 2006, the Memon brothers (Yasir Memon & Naveed Memon) created the proxy servers pkblogs.com to bypass the ban on blogspot.com domain. The way this service works is that you can simply go-to http://www.pkblogs.com/blogname where blogname is "blogname.blogspot.com".

    Script
    The Pakistani blogger Mansoor has created a GreaseMonkey script for FireFox which automatically converts blogspot links to pkblogs and subsequently inblogs.

    Adnan Siddiqui has also created a javascript which allows your visitors to automatically use pkblogs for all outgoing blogspot links. You can download the ZIP here.

    Petition
    On March 6, 2006, a petition has been launched to protest the blanket ban on the Blogger.com blogging platform instituted by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Slap the Block Slap the Block (Inblogs.net)
    And when Indian ISPs have begun blocking access to Blogger, the Pakistan Memon brothers (Yasir Memon & Naveed Memon), launched Inblogs.net which is similar to pkblogs.com but more suited for the Indian traffic. The same gateway to circumvent censorship in Pakistan is also being used by people in China where Blogger has been blocked for several years, with periods of intermittent accessibility.

    Supports Turkish Bloggers Don't Block the Blog - Supports Turkish Bloggers

    A blogger Kylapasha from Islamabad has designed a badge to show Pakistani support for Turkish Bloggers. You can find more badges here.

  2. //India Activism//
  3. MINI GREEN
    Bloggers Against Censorship Bloggers Against Censorship
    Bloggers Against Censorship campaign is part of the Censorship Wikia project and was created by Indian Bloggers Collective group following the ban on Blogger, Typepad and Geocities.com in July 2006. It aims to collect information and documents the internet access restrictions in India. It provides a comprehensive lits of Indian ISPs Blocking Blogs, Sites Blocked, How to bypass the ban, etc.

    BloggersCollective BloggersCollective
    BloggersCollective was formed to "exchange information and views about the Government of India's apparent block on various blog hosting services in July 2006. It continues to be an information and discussion forum for issues related to censorship and freedom of speech." A member from the BloggersCollective group filed two RTI (Right to Information Act that gives the government 30 days to respond to an RTI request) petitions against the Indian Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Information Technology asking them to explain the blanket ban of blogging platforms instituted by the Indian ISPs.

    Free Software Foundation India Free Software Foundation India
    Free Software Foundation India condemned the blocking of internet websites and has called on the government to lift the ban and revoke the order issued by the Department of Telecommunications. Has also requested its Members to join the Bloggers Against Censorship campaign.

     Click on the Collaboration tab to find examples of the existing collaboration between local activist groups and follow the green lines to read more.

    Slap the Block Slap the Block (Inblogs.net)
    When Indian ISPs have begun blocking access to Blogger, the Pakistan Memon brothers (Yasir Memon & Naveed Memon), launched Inblogs.net which is similar to pkblogs.com but more suited for the Indian traffic. The same gateway to circumvent censorship in Pakistan is also being used by people in China where Blogger has been blocked for several years, with periods of intermittent accessibility.

/////////End PAKISTAN-INDIA///////// ////////MOROCCO ACTIVISM//////////// MINI GREEN
Ptition Contre la Censure d'Internet au Maroc
Online Petitions
Two different petitions are protesting Internet censorship by Maroc Telecom, Morocco's main ISP. A third petition has been launched by Maghrebism as a reaction against the ban of the video-sharing site Youtube by Maroc Telecom (Vivendi International): "We demand that Maroc Telecom and Vivendi Universal immediately stop the current online censorship on YouTube and all other services being censored, which is a violation of the right to have free access to information."

digg it! Youtube blocked in Morocco digg it! Youtube blocked in Morocco
A Digg Youtube blocked in Morocco action has also been launched to attract attention on the censorship situation in Morocco.
//////////END ACTIVISM EREA///////// //Bahrain// YELLOW 1
Google Earth
In August 2006, Bahrain blocked access to Google Earth for few days. According to Bahrain Center for Human Rights, the reason of the block may be because Google Earth "allows users to see the lavish palaces and illegal coastal reclamations on land privately owned by members of the Al-Khalifa royal family, images which would otherwise be inaccessible to regular citizens."

//Brazil// YELLOW 1
YouTube
In January 2007, YouTube was blocked for a few hours and only in a part of the country by two large fixed-line telephone operators following a judicial order meant to prevent Brazilians from seeing a video of Daniela Cicarelli and boyfriend Tato Malzoni having sex in a beach near the Spanish city of Cadiz. Daniela Cicarelli and her boyfriend filed suits against the publishing of the video on Youtube. Access to the video-sharing site was restored after the appeals court judge overruled the initial verdict: the block should affect only the disputed video piece and not the whole site.
//China// GRAY
FeedBurner
In August 2007, reports are saying that people who are using China Telecom are unable to access Google's FeedBurner feeds.

YouTube, Dailymotion, Flickr.com, Blogger
In mid-October 2007, it has been reported that access to Youtube has been blocked, while Flickr (filtered, not fully blocked) and Blogspot were restored after being blocked in June of the same year. And after two weeks blocking, Chinese users could access YouTube. Dailymotion reported to be blocked.
On March 15th, 2008, as videos of the violent situation in Tibet proliferated on YouTube, people began noticing that the video-sharing website could not be accessed. One week later, on March 23th bloggers in China began reporting that YouTube can once again be accessed.

Typepad Livejournal Xanga
In June 22, 2005, Rebecca MacKinnon and Asiapundit reported that all Typepad blogs were being blocked by the great firewall of China. In March 2007, Danwei.org reported that the blog and online diary platform Livejournal has been blocked. And so is Xanga. More blogging services are reported to be blocked such as Blogsome, Technorati.

Meetup.com Multiply Orkut My Opera
Meetup.com, the popular social networking websites for people of similar interests to meet up with one another, has been blocked. My Opera community site that hosts around 200,000 blogs and more than 3 million photos is also blocked. And so are Multiply, Bebo, Skyrock and Orkut.

Wikipedia
Access to Wikipedia has been blocked and unblocked in mainland China for several times.

//Ethiopia// 1
Blogger
On may 2006, access to Blogger platfoem has been blocked. Ethiopia Telecommunications Corporation , the country's only ISP, have denied any involvement. The ban has been lifted three months later and resumed in November 2006.

//Fiji// WHITE 1
Blogger
May, 2007- In its war against the Fijian Freedom Bloggers who are using blogs to protest against the coup of December 5th, 2006 the Fiji Military Forces (FMF) have pressured FINTEL, Fiji's only ISP, to block blogspot.com blogging platform, nearly exclusively used by the "Fijian Freedom Bloggers". It seems that the Fiji's military junta is considering blogs as a "threat to national security".
//Iran// GRAY
Google Gmail
On September 16, 2007, access to Google.com search engine and its free webmail service Gmail was blocked. "I can confirm these sites have been filtered," said Hamid Shahriari, the secretary of Iran's National Council of Information.
The next day, on 17 September, the ban on Google and related services was lifted. "Due to an error, the Google site was filtered on Sunday evening but the error was corrected and now Google and its different sites like Gmail can be used," said an official from the state-run communications company.

Multimedia Sharing Websites
In December 2006 Iran has blocked the video-sharing site YouTube - Internet users trying to access the site from Iran get the message "On the basis of the Islamic Republic of Iran laws, access to this Web site is not authorized."
According to the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) "Certain multimedia sharing sites, such as Metacafe/ and photobucket.com/, were completely blocked, while others were less consistently filtered: the popular photo-sharing Web site Flickr.com was blocked on four ISPs at time of testing, while the video-sharing site Youtube.com was blocked on only two."

Orkut Facebook MySpace
Iran is blocking access to top social networking websites such as the Google-owned Orkut (2005) and MySpace. In September 2007, and relying on Information provided by the "Against internet censorship and filtering in Iran" Facebook group, report circulated on several Web sites in August claimed that Facebook was blocked in Iran. Other persons received contradictory reports and screenshots from trusted bloggers and Internet users proving that the ban was most likely on the ISP level and in Tehran only.

Wikipedia Amazon IMDB
On December 4, 2006, The Guardian reported that Iran blocked access to Wikipedia. The report also listed the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) website and the popular online retailer Amazon.com.

Blogger Livejournal Technorati Blogrolling Xanga Movable Type
Blogger blogging service has been reported to be filtered by Iranian Telecom and some other ISPs in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. The Iranian Technology News Agency published confirmed the ban. According to the ONI report, the popular Livejournal blogging service was blocked by all ISPs. Xanga blog service, Movable Type blogging software and Technorati blog search engine were blocked by multiple ISPs.
In August 2005 and in November 2006, BlogRolling, a free service that helps bloggers manage their linklist and track favourite weblogs, was reported to be blocked.
In addition to blocking major websites, Iranian ISPs were banned to provide fast Internet services higher than 128kbps to both private and corporate users. In October 2006, The Regulatory Organization for Computer Laws ordered All ISPs that provide ADSL services to comply with the new regulation.
//India// YELLOW 3
Blogger Typepad Geocities.com
Following the Mumbai train Bombings on July 11, 2006, India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs to block access to several websites including a handful of outlets that host blogs such as Blogger, Typepad and Yahoo!'s Geocities.com. According to The Indian Express "ISPs have blocked all blogs because they were not equipped to filter specific pages." The ban that has been implemented gradually during few days was lifted following protest from the Indian blogsphere and the media.
In August 2003, the Indian government ordered a block on kynhun Yahoo! group for "promoting anti-national news and containing material against Government of India State Government of Meghalaya.". But Indian ISPs ended up blocking Yahoo! Groups completely.

//Jordan// 1
Skype
In 2006 the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has blocked access to the Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service Skype for "security reason". "The commission had sent a fax to all Internet service providers in the Kingdom on September 13 to notifiy them of the decision to block the use of Skype," The Jordan Times said. According to some Jordanian bloggers "the block seems to affect the ability to download Skype client, and not using it for those who already downloaded it." One month later, the Commission reversed its decision after security issues were resolved.
//Morocco// RED 3
YouTube
On May 25, 2007, Morocco's main Internet provider Maroc Telecom (a subsidiary of Vivendi International) has blocked access to YouTube video sharing website. There have been many ongoing speculations that the ban followed the broadcasting of material critical of the country's king and pro-Western Sahara. Few days later, on may 29, the block on YouTube has been lifted.

Livejournal
Livejournal, the popular blogging site, was blocked on and off during 2005. Maroc Telecom began blocking it permanently in March of 2006, cutting off Moroccan citizens from the roughly 2 million blogs the service hosts.

Google Earth
In August 2006, Google Earth has also been added to the list of censored major websites by Maroc Telecom without giving any justification for it. However, and according to the BBC, Google Earth was blocked "so that people cannot look from above into the grounds of the king's sumptuous royal palaces." According to Motic blog (Francophone) Maroc Telecom, not only bans access to Google Earth authentication servers, but also to some Google download servers.
//Myanmar// GRAY
YouTube
On September 3th, 2007, access to the video-psharing website Youtube, which featured the protests in Burma, has been banned by the military junta.

Blogger
According to the document "Pulling the Plug: A Technical Review of the Internet Shutdown in Burma," put out by The OpenNet Initiative the Burmese regime has filtered Blogger blogging platform, used nearly exclusively by Burmese bloggers, prior to the shutdown of the Internet.

Internet Shutdown
As the Internet has emerged as one of the primary channels used by Burmese bloggers, cyber-dissidents and citizen journalists to share videos, images, and updates of the demonstrations with the outside world, the Burmese has shutdown the Internet connectivity on September 29, 2007.

//Pakistan // PURPLE 2
Youtube
On February 22th, 2008, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed the country's ISPs to block access to the videos sharing website YouTube for allegedly featuring a blasphemous video (The video has been removed "due to terms of use violation").

Blogger
On March 2nd, 2006, the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA), under pressure from religious groups and on the orders of the Supreme Court, decided to ban the popular blogging platform Blogger overblocking access to millions of blogs hosted by the server just because 12 websites were displaying the Danish cartoons.

Wikipedia
On March 31st, and based on the same "moral" motivation of protecting religious sensitivities, the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) overblocked for several hours millions of Wikipedia pages because the cartoons had been published on one single page.
//Saudi Arabia// YELLOW 3
Blogger
On October 4, 2005, the government's Internet Services Unit (ISU), a department of the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), has blocked access to Blogger blogging platform. The ban was lifted few days later.

Flickr
In the main time access to the photo-sharing site Flickr has been restricted. "Users still can log on to the site, but photos are no longer visible," Ahmed Al-Omran reported.
//Syria// GRAY
Blogger
According to the last report from Syria (October 2007), Google's Blogger platform, which hosts the popular blogspot.com blogs, is apparently being blocked by all Syrian ISPs. Syria has blocked access to Blogger on more than one occasion. It started in February 2006 when Damascus-based bloggers reported that both government-affiliated ISPs, Syrian Telecom and Aloola (former Syrian Computer Society -SCS), have blocked access to all blogs hosted at Blogger. In October 2006, subscribers of the private ISP AYA, reported to be unable to reach blogspot blogging platform, although access to the main www.blogger.com (dashboard) was still available. In June 2007, The Syria News Wire reported that the ban on Blogger has been lifted.

YouTube
It has also been reported by several Syrain bloggers and activits that youtube.com is being blocked.

Facebook
In november 2007 access to the social networking website Facebook has ben blocked.

Skype
In December, 2007, access to the Skype.com was reported to be blocked in Syria.
//Thailand// PURPLE 2
YouTube
On April 4, 2007, Thailand's military-appointed government has blocked access to the popular video-sharing site YouTube after its owners, Google Inc, declined to take down a clip ridiculing the country's revered monarch: King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

On August 30, 2007, , has lifted its five-month ban on the video-sharing website YouTube after a deal was made between the video-sharing site and local Thai officials. Youtube "agreed to block any video clips deemed offensive to Thai people or those that violate Thai law." However, according to Asia Sentinel, tow Youtube-like video sharing sites, Veoh and Metacafe have been banned during the same month of August.

Wordpress.com
On August 22th, 2007, access to wordpress.com blogging platform has been blocked by TOT (Telecommunication Authority) preventing Thai Internet users from accessing Thai Wordpress and all blogs hosted on wordpress.com.

Blogger
Another Google-owned website has been reported to have been blocked by number of Thai ISPs: the popular blogging platform Blogger. According to an email from Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT), this ban was "due to a single blog critical of Thailand's military coup, Saturday Voice." Now Blogger "seems to be accessible using True ISP but not Telephone Organization Thailand TOT Public Company Limited," FACT adds.
In this podcast interview, from Thailand, my friend and colleague David Sasaki, Global Voices' outreach director, talks with four of Thailand's most popular bloggers about recently passed computer crime act, web censorship and the block of wordpress.com by TOT ISP.

//Turkey// GRAY
YouTube | Dailymotion
Access to the french video-sharing website Dailymotion.com has been blocked in Turkey since August 2nd 2008. According to Erkan Saka, an Istanbul-based blogger, “the decision to ban the site came without any explanation.”

On September 18, 2007, a Turkish court ordered - for the second time in a year - to block access to YouTube.com over videos deemed insulting to the country's leaders.
In March of the same year, the country's largest telecommunications services provider, Turk Telekom, blocked access to YouTube, for two days, following a court decision deeming that videos appearing on the site were insulting to the father of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, and to the Turkish people.
A similar order has been issued in January 2008 over a video clip allegedly insulting the country’s founding father, Kemal Atatürk.

Wordpress.com | Blogspot.com

On August 17, 2007, the Turkish Fatih Second Civil Court of First Instance blocked access to the entire wordpress.com domain after alleged libel of Turkish Islamic-creationist, Adnan Oktar, aka Harun Yahya. Wordpress's ban in Turkey lasted almost eight months.
On Friday, October 24th, 2008, a Turkish court has blocked access to the popular blog hosting service Blogger (Blogger.com and Blogspot.com owned by Google). The blocking order seems to be related to an intellectual property infringement. Four days later, on October 28, 2008, the ban on blogspot.com blogging platform has been lifted by the Diyarbakir First Criminal Court

Slide
On March 24, 2008, a Turkish court banned access to Slide, the maker of social networking widgets, for "harboring pictures and articles that are considered to be insulting to Ataturk."
//Tunisia// RED 3
Dailymotion YouTube
Since November 2nd, 2007, all Tunisian ISPs have blocked access to the video-sharing site Youtube. However, Youtube is not blocked by IP address (http://208.65.153.253) and all its sub-domains (like fr.youtube.com or it.youtube.com) seem to be accessible.
On April 1st, 2007, Dailymotion, France's YouTube-like video sharing site, has been was blocked in Tunisia for almost a week. Citizen Lab's technical research director, Nart Villeneuve who has been following the case concluded that dailymotion is most likely blocked because it has been categorized by SmartFilter - the filtering software produced by Secure Computing, a US-based company andused by Tunisia- as pornography.
Since Septembre 3rd, 2007, Dailymotion has been blocked again, this time permanently. The block is possibly due to the presence of the video made by Tunisian bloggers and activists related to the Tunisian presidential airplane and the ‘unofficial' trips it takes to Europe.

Wikipedia
November 23th 2006, access to Wikipedia was being blocked in Tunisia for unknown reasons. The ban has been lifted on November 27th.

Facebook
Access to the popular social networking website Facebook, has been blocked in Tunisia since August 18th 2008, first by two of the country’s largest ISPs (Globalnet and PlaNet) then by the others.
On September 3th 2008 the ban on Facebook has been lifted after a massive protest by Tunisian Netizens. Tens of Facebook groups protesting the ban have popped up in recent weeks surrounding this issue. But, according to Al Chourouk newspaper, the President Ben Ali intervened personally ordering the lifting of the ban and restoring access to the website.
//United Arab Emirates// GRAY
Flickr
The United Arab Emirates main ISP Etisalat has blocked access to the popular photo-sharing site Flickr.com on more than one occasion. It started in June 2005 when few UAE users complained about Flickr not filtering out nude photos and reported it the UAE ISP. In November 2005, Flickr was blocked for the second time then unblocked in October 2006. In January 2007, it has been blocked again.

YouTube Metacafe
In July 2006 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE (TRA) has banned the video-sharing site YouTube (And also the similar metacafe.com). According to Saoud Al Shamsi from eCompany (owned by Etisalat) the reason was "the presence of adult content on the website which is clearly against the (..) values of the UAE." But, according to this website, the reason was the publishing of the documentary Desert Nights. about trafficking of woman and girls from Armenia to the UAE. The video is available on YouTube (in 7 parts) and on Google Video. The site seems to be unblocked but still the UAE users cannot access youtube user pages.

The OpenNet Initiative said that "In October 2006, the UAE unblocked access to social networking and multimedia sharing sites, including youTube.com, flickr.com, metacafe.com, and mySpace.com. However, sections of these sites containing objectionable material remain unavailable."

Orkut Hi5 MySpace
Itisalet has also targeted Social networking websites like MySpace (in March 2006 according to BoingBoing), hi5.com (first blocked in July 2006), Orkut (blocked in 2006, and later unblocked after many users complained) has been blocked again in July 2007 because is that it could potentially lead to dating and finding a sexual partner. It has also been reported that other social-networking websites such as Friendster, ZillR and Multiply. DeviantArt art community has also been blocked by Etisalat in December 2006 then unblocked.

Facebook
According to Download Squad, access to the popular social networking website Facebook has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates. Some UAE internet users are confirming that the ban was ordered by the government-owned Etisalat. The Administrator of itihad.net (UAE) called up his ISP's call center and they stated that they are blocking Facebook.
Other Internet users, however, are reporting (here, here [En] and here [En]) they can access the website and that there is no blocking at their end.
On September 05 2007, The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) told Time Out Dubai that "At the present time we can say that we have no intention of stopping access to Facebook (...) We have heard that people think this is going to happen but that is not the case. However, we do take any complaints seriously and the situation would be reviewed should that happen."

According to this report "it doesn't seem to be possible to access Digg from the UAE".

Voice over Intenet Protocol (VoIP)
Next to video-sharing sites, photo-sharing sites and social networking websites, UAE is also blocking access to major Voice over Intenet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype (2005), Vonage (2006), pc2call, and Jahjah.
VoIP Sol believes that "Etisalat, has been well documented as an ISP that does not like VoIP,"  despite promising to make VoIP legal since 2004. And according to a report released in 2006 by The Initiative For an Open Arab Internet "The company fears that such online software will cause it to suffer sever financial losses as it also runs the phone network. The media has reported that Etisalat will negotiate with a British company to purchase software to block all voice calls via VoIP protocol as the current Proxy software cannot do this."
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YouTube
YouTube has been partially blocked for internet users in Sudan for reasons that are still unknown. Some Sudanese in the country report being able to access YouTube without any problems, while others report being sent to a page with the following message: “Sorry, this page has been blocked by National Telecommunication Corporation.”

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Last Updated: October 29, 2008

About the Access Denied Map

ARCHIVED: This map was created in 2007 and has not been updated since. We maintain this page not as a current resource, but as an archive for readers interested in web censorship history.

The Map does not aim to index all kinds of web filtering, but rather to provide an overview of online censorship efforts related to the social web and major web 2.0 websites. This project will also track and explore the relationships between anti-censorship groups in different parts of the world who are collaborating to defend the right to access web 2.0 tools and websites.

The Access Denied Map will try to contextualize and situate that battle by focusing on two areas:

  1. The crackdown on web 2.0 websites
  2. Amplifying of local campaigns defending the right to access web 2.0 tools and websites.

The Access Denied Map will lead interested readers to content that enables them to support anti-censorship movements and keeps readers abreast of the filtering situation in various parts of the world. It will also facilitate collaboration between activists, allowing them to find each other, share tactics and strategies and experiences.

Related article: Access Denied Map: Mapping Web 2.0 Censorship

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