Saturday, February 25, 2006

BoingBoing now censored in the UAE (and elsewhere)

An anonymous BoingBoing reader in the United Arab Emirates says,

And its finally happened... I knew the day was not far.... :(
The sole ISP in this country, which happens to be owned by the government has blocked Apparently boingboing is disseminating information that is " inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates. " See attached/hotlinked screenshot.
Please email me so if you post this on boingboing, so I can VPN to the office back home and read about this on boingboing... Till then I guess am stuck with which am sure is next. :(
PS - Please remove all personally identifiable information from the screenshot, cause I don't want to end up in jail. Yes they do put people in jail for attempting/bypassing their proxy.

Link to full-size screenshot.
They're pretty good at controlling internet ports. As a reminder, they appear destined to control America's physical ports as well.
Earlier this week, many dozens of readers emailed to inform us that BoingBoing had suddenly become no longer viewable at their place of employment -- government sites and corporate sites around the world. We understand that this is due to the fact that the makers of the SmartFilter software, which is used by governments and private sector customers, just added BoingBoing to a category occupied mostly by porn sites. We have contacted Secure Computing, the makers of Smartfilter and are attempting to help them correct their error. We will post an update on BoingBoing soon.

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