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Turkey Tries, Fails (Horribly) to Ban Twitter
by Karl Bode 06:41PM Monday Mar 24 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently decided it would be a good idea to ban Twitter, which the leader recently stated was necessary because Twitter was acting like it was "above the law" and engaged in "character assassination" (read: we're foolish enough to think that censoring the Internet will help limit public protests). The effort isn't going so well, with many users simply either using VPNs or using alternate DNS servers to get around the attempted censorship:
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Turkish ISPs followed the orders to block Twitter, but so far, it's not the power of the Turkish Republic we're seeing, but the power of people and technology to route around attempts at censorship. Many people quickly turned to VPNs or realized that they could still Tweet via text message... or that they could use alternative DNS providers. In fact, it's reached such a level that there's graffiti on the walls in Turkey pointing to Google's DNS which lets users route around the Twitter block...

Tor also saw a spike of 10,000 new users in Turkey courtesy of the attempted ban.

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Nameless

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Coming to an internet near you...

Streisand Effect: The Government Edition

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Re: Coming to an internet near you...

Damn you Barbra Streisand!

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Attaboy

I give them an attaboy or should that be Atatürk?
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Our ISPs are next

American ISPs will probably start censoring the internet and start billing you based on the content you download. Websites that pay their peering fees will be toll-free but other websites will be charged by the gigabyte.

That will probably be next unless they get broken up like Ma' Bell in the '80s.

Time to separate the ISPs from the physical plant operators (in other words Comcast, Charter, Time Warner, etc operates the physical plant in your community while everything past the CMTS such as routing, peering, etc would be handled by a third party ISP of your choice). Similar to separating local and long distance.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.

Goliath2k
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Re: Our ISPs are next

Yeah us Americans are all smug now thinking "that could never happen here" but with the somewhat shocking neutering of the net neutrality policy what you described is a very possible reality if nothing is done to change course.

AnonMe

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Re: Our ISPs are next

There are lots of things that "couldn't happen here" that ARE quietly starting to happen here!

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It would be much more difficult to pull this off in the US. There they have 3 or 4 ISPs where the US has thousands.
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KrK
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Re: Our ISPs are next

Not really. How many "thousands" of broadband ISP's do you realistically have access to everyday? Now stop to think how many of those are *ALREADY* in bed with the Government.

It would actually seem pretty easy to attempt.
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battleop

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Re: Our ISPs are next

"Not really. How many "thousands" of broadband ISP's do you realistically have access to everyday?"

I know you are trying as hard as you can to find a conspiracy in there but it would be extremely difficult to attempt to cut the entire US off from specific sites because there are so many ISPs they would have to go to to get this done. It's much easier when you only have 3-4 ISPs to deal with.

"Now stop to think how many of those are *ALREADY* in bed with the Government."

Not nearly as many as you think.
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KrK
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Re: Our ISPs are next

No, I'm just trying to get you to examine your own statement. While there may be many small ISP's throughout the United States, the reality is almost all the population is connected via a handful of very large ISP's, and of the ones that aren't, their traffic passes through the hands of those few. So, yes.... much easier then you think.
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battleop

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Re: Our ISPs are next

I guess you also believe that NSA has a big red button that shuts down the internwebs with a single push.
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Re: Our ISPs are next

Ah yes, Hyperbole. Why am I not surprised.

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said by battleop:

it would be extremely difficult to attempt to cut the entire US off from specific sites because there are so many ISPs they would have to go to to get this done.

True, but if you have any "influence" on internet exchange point's across the US then accomplishing this would be very possible.
shmerl

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Google DNS is already blocked too.

But it doesn't stop using many other alternative DNS servers. VPNs work as well.
ptbarnett

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Re: Google DNS is already blocked too.

said by shmerl:

But it doesn't stop using many other alternative DNS servers. VPNs work as well.

It's incredibly easy to set up an OpenVPN server. Just a quick search found this one:

»help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguid···vpn.html

If you don't have a server, you can get one really cheap at Amazon Cloud Services.

»aws.amazon.com/free/

(it's free for very low usage, but if you exceed those limits you pay for the CPU, disk, bandwidth, etc.)

There is a lot of documentation on help.ubuntu.com about using Amazon Cloud Service.

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too much paint (and space)

dang. It was probably too much paint (and space) to paint 2001:4860:4860::8888 and :8844

battleop

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Dumbasses

That's a sure way to make sure that people who didn't know anything about Twitter will know about it now.

I went to a private high school in the late 80s. We were told that we were not under any circumstances to go out and buy tapes by NWA and 2Live Crew. None of us had heard of them but we made sure we stopped at the record store on the way home to pick up a copy.
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Tomek
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NSA and rest of US government are worried

The broad knowledge about ways to bypass censorship and surveillance makes their job much more difficult.

But US Gov't is trying similar tactics, let it be by legislature (like SOPA), or some new craze (terrorism, protect the children)
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