|The shape of things to come ?
||[Jan. 18th, 2009|01:16 pm]
Is this the shape of things to come ? ......
This image is alleged to be an example of how blocked sites are dealt with in the UAE (flikr). If correct then there is an invite for a surfer to have the site reviewed by clicking on the appropriate button (Marked "Feedback Form")
I'm not certain that it would be safe to even suggest that a blocked website be reviewed. It may not be the site that's reviewed. It may be that the person pressing the button becomes subject to investigation. I'm not suggesting this is undemocratic for it clearly is.
link to website alleged to be blocked in the UAE - www.faithfreedom.org - (see UAE (flikr) link above)
How nations deal with concepts of justice together with concepts such as freedom of thought and freedom of expression is one for the the experts.
Footnote: UAE blocking categories (PDF)
1. Internet Content for Bypassing Blocked Content (of course)
2. Internet Content for Learning Criminal Skills (of course)
3. Dating Internet Content (contradicts the ethics and morals of the UAE) ... exemptions provided for chatting groups and social networking sites
4. Internet Content for Illegal Drugs
5. Internet Content containing Pornography and Nudity ....includes jokes and stories and content that promotes sexual activity
6. Gambling Internet Content ...no spending money at legalised Australian gambling outlets - even though we need their money
7. Internet Content for Hacking and Malicious Codes ...viruses and the like - exemption for "ethical hacking"
8. Internet Content that are offensive to Religions
9. Phishing Internet Content
10. Internet Content that downloads Spyware
11. Internet Content providing Unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service .. services prohibited under the TRA's Voice over Internet Protocol policy
12. Terrorism Internet Content
13. Prohibited Top Level Domain (TLD) ... offensive to the public interest, public morality or Islam morality
According to Yahind Friday August 8th 2008
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the TRA said, "All licensed ISPs in the country have the responsibility of withholding access to prohibited sites and must consider creating a link that will consist of documents to explain the prohibited content categories as well as the relevant instructions and guidance issued by the TRA. The ISPs must review all the complaints and remarks raised by the users on the particular site."
However, Etisalat and du said they are unaware of the new policy. They also said the TRA is yet to provide the list of sites that have to be unblocked by the end of the month.
Over to an expert : The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy