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Planet Blue Coat: Mapping Global Censorship and Surveillance Tools

Blue Coat Devices capable of filtering, censorship, and surveillance are being used around the world. 61 of these Blue Coat appliances are on public or government networks in countries with a history of concerns over human rights, surveillance, and censorship. Our findings support the need for national and international scrutiny of Blue Coat implementations in the countries we have identified, and a closer look at the global proliferation of “dual-use” information and communication technologies.

Internet filters will protect kids: Arınç

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

The recent deadly attacks in Norway demonstrate the necessity of the Turkish government’s plans to institute an Internet filtering system in August, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said Thursday.

According to Arınç, the confessed perpetrator of the massacre in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, acquired the know-how to build bombs and use guns through the Internet.

“Now this villain [Brevik] says he learned about how to manufacture a bomb by searching on Google for weeks. Let them [filtering opponents] think once more about whether sites that give practical [instructions] on how to manufacture a bomb, [set] a landmine [or] blow up a bridge have any use for humanity after the deaths of [76] people in Norway,” Arınç said during a commencement ceremony held by the North Aegean Journalists Society in the northwestern province of Balıkesir.

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Action against Turkey’s Internet ban demanded in Europe

Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament from the Liberal group, submitted questions Tuesday to the European Commission regarding the proposed legal imposition of an online filtering system and structural domain-name blocking in Turkey.

In her question paper, Schaake asked the commission what “concrete actions” it would take regarding the Turkish government “to address its concerns about the proposed censorship of the Internet … and the overall increasing deterioration in freedom of the press in Turkey.”

Saying that “an uncensored, free Internet is essential for a free and open society,” Schaake said she posed her questions to the commission because she “believe[s] the latest censorship [in Turkey] may well be in conflict with the Copenhagen criteria” for EU accession.

“The proposed online filtering system violates the people’s right to information, restricts freedom of expression and is a threat for democracy,” Schaake said.

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Turkish Internet Filtering Plan ‘Unconstitutional,’ Experts Say

“A plan to require Internet users in Turkey to choose one of four content-filtering packages is unconstitutional and violates the right to freedom of expression, legal experts and civil-society groups have said.

“[Turkish authorities] look at how they can impose regulations that limit the freedom of expression on the Internet, rather than promoting this freedom,” Orhan Erinç, the chairman of the Turkish Journalists Community, told the Hürriyet Daily News in a phone interview Wednesday. He said that mentality had not changed for more than three decades, since the beginnings of radio and television broadcasting in the country.”

From Daily News

Online censorship now bordering on the ridiculous in Turkey

“Reporters Without Borders is both amused and shocked to learn that the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB), Turkey’s Internet regulator, has issued Internet service providers and website hosting companies with a list of 138 keywords that are henceforth to be banned from Turkish Internet. The list was sent out on 27 April.

“With Turkey already blocking thousands of sites with content that is considered sensitive, the consequences of such keyword filtering could be disastrous for online freedom of expression. The authorities must abandon this scheme and instead reform Law 5651 on the Internet, which makes such arbitrary censorship possible,” Reporters Without Borders said.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Turkey Inquired about Internet Censorship

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is examining the application against internet censorship filed by Turkish nationals Ahmet Yıldırım and Yaman Akdeniz. The international court expects an item of written comment from Turkey until 9 June.

According to a written statement published by the Cyber-Rights.org.tr news site on 7 March, the ECHR merged the files regarding the access ban to Google sites and to LastFM.com on 31 January. The restrictive decision (No. 2009/337) on the Google services was given by the 2nd Magistrate Criminal Court of Denizli (western Turkey) on 23 June 2009. Access to the music sharing site LastFm.com was banned by the Beyoğlu (Istanbul) Public Chief Prosecution on 26 June 2009 (decision no. 2009/45).”

From Bianet

Blogger becomes latest victim of Turkish Internet bans

“A spat over rights to broadcast Turkish football matches has led a local court to issue a blanket ban on the popular blogging platform Blogger, angering Turkish Internet users with what experts said was a disproportionate response.

The court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır banned the website, a property of Google Inc., in response to a complaint by the satellite television provider Digiturk, which owns the broadcast rights to Turkish Super League games. Matches broadcast on Digiturk’s Lig TV channel had been illegally posted by several Blogger users on their blogs.

“The [impact of the decision] will be censorship, although it might not have been the court decision’s final purpose,” said Ergürel of the Media Association.”

From Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

YouTube Banned In Turkey (Again)

“The battle between YouTube and Turkish officials continued this week as Turkey reportedly unblocked and then re-blocked the Google-owned video site in the country over unflattering videos of the country’s political leaders.

Turkey re-instated a ban on YouTube this week, days after a 2.5-year ban was lifted last Saturday, according to a state-run news agency. On Tuesday night, a Turkish court banned YouTube again, this time over an old video purportedly showing former opposition leader Deniz Baykal in a hotel room with someone other than his wife. Baykal was forced to resign over the video in May, according to The Guardian.”