As part of a futile effort to use Internet censorship to quell citizen dissent, Turkey recently forced the nation's ISPs to block access to Twitter, though users rather quickly found a way around the blocks by using alternative DNS servers
. Turkey then beefed up their Twitter blockade by imposing IP-range blocks
, which simply drove impacted users to Tor.
Now Turkey has escalated their Internet censorship efforts further by blocking user access to YouTube
, hours after a government security meeting (one in which participants discuss attacking Syria for political brownie points and electoral gains) was leaked via the website:
The ban was ordered hours after leaked recordings of a key security meeting were published on the video sharing website. Turkey's Telecommunication Directorate (TİB) has used its new authority for the first time by blocking Youtube without a court order.
This appears to be a DNS-level ban that's again (for now) avoidable by using third-party DNS servers.
Surely blocking websites will magically stop citizen outrage at bad government behavior, right? You'd think, after countless examples of this kind of ham-fisted Internet censorship failing, that governments would give up. Apparently not. Medium
has an interesting read stating that these blocks may be less about seriously trying to block dissent, and more about trying to win election brownie points by portraying (Western) social media as a corrupter of family values.