CAT | Censorship
Yesterday the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the blocking of Twitter violated the guarantees of free speech in the Turkish Constitution.
The government appears to have acted quickly to remove the blocks on Twitter’s IP addresses as well as the changes to DNS as ordered.
Celebratory tweets are gushing out over the wires.
In their continuing effort to suppress discussion of corruption in the Turkish government, they have extended their censorship efforts from blocking Twitter to blocking Youtube. This appears to be in response to Google’s refusal to remove “offending” videos.
Reports suggest that the blocking is not completely effective. If you are in Turkey and being blocked, Anonymizer Universal is able to bypass the censorship. Our two week trial provides a quick solution.
Turkey has taken their censorship of Twitter to the next level.
Initial blocking was done through DNS, so it could be easily bypassed by using something like Google DNS at 126.96.36.199.
Turkey quickly responded to the masses of people using that workaround, and are now blocking Twitter by IP address.
As one often sees with attempts at censorship, this one was counter productive. It looks like tweets from Turkey actually increased 138% following the DNS block.
Now that the censorship is IP based, a VPN like Anonymizer Universal will be required to continue to access Twitter and any other services that may be blocked.
We continue to test that service from within Turkey, and it looks to be working well.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the courts have ordered Twitter be blocked completely.
This appears to be in response to Twitter refusing to take down tweets of audio recordings purporting to be of Erdoğan engaging in corrupt activities.
Twitter is suggesting that users fall back to an SMS interface to continue to access the service. I suspect most active Twitter users follow enough people that the feed would overwhelm their SMS plans completely.
A better solution is to use a VPN like Anonymizer Universal to punch a hole through the censorship. Through Anonymizer you would then be able to access Twitter, or any other website the Turkish government might be trying to block.
Update: We have re-confirmed that Anonymizer is still accessible and working from Turkey.
This article makes an interesting argument that sanctions against repressive regimes, particularly sanctions that block providing communications and security technologies to end users, harm dissidents more than they do the repressive regimes they are designed to target.
In particular, companies are unable to provide cryptography and anonymity tools to the people who really need them.