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Turkey Protested Government Internet Censoring Plans

Turkey Protested Government Internet Censoring Plans

Added: Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
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A new Turkish legislation, called “Procedures and Principles Regarding the Safe Use of the Internet”, is scheduled to be enforced in three months. The law would require netizens to choose from 4 censoring options: standard, domestic, family, and kids. Meanwhile, those who would choose to circumvent any of those filters would be considered lawbreakers. The suggestion becomes even more ridiculous when it offers to ban the use of the following key words in domain names: “girl,” “partner,” and “animal”.


The Turkish all over the country were outside in the streets recently, protesting government plans to enforce obligatory filters on the web. The new law is scheduled at the end of August. The software programmers claim that the filters it suggests are going to turn the web into a state-controlled area, because people would enter a channel leading them to the server of the state, distributing the bandwidth to all the users. In other words, the proposed system enables the control of the people, just telephone tapping. The most ludicrous part of the legislation bans the use of key words in domain names, including “blonde,” “sister-in-law,” and “partner”.

In response, Tayfun Acarer, the President if Information Technologies and Communications Authority, defended the legislation as a reasonable response to requests from online users. In addition, he claimed that the proposed system would change nothing for ordinary Internet consumers. Tayfun Acarer explained that the legislation was developed after negotiating with most of the country’s ISPs, and even after it is enforced, any user who wants the current profile would keep using it, but those asking for filters would be able to use the “Secure Internet Profile”.

The only problem is that the law developers didn’t reveal what exactly even the standard profile would be filtering. Thus, people fear that the Information Technologies and Communications Authority will have the exclusive right to choose what websites would be filtered, leaving the public opinion aside.

Industry observers also criticized the fact that the legislation wasn’t even voted on, and compared Turkey to Australia, where the country’s communications authority has also been pushing obligatory Internet filters. Now the Turkish, just like the Australians, are also unable to have their voices heard.

May 18th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-18 22:05:41)
whiskerz87 avatari think it is a bit much, i mean if ppl want porn or pirated movies they will find a way, i,e yahoo mail services and such

posted by Blocked (2011-05-19 07:44:13)
Crashman_123 avatarThankfully, in Australia, the current federal government are only holding on to power by their fingernails, and anything seen as controversial for the government is approached VERY cautiously. Obligatory Internet filtering has been shelved for the moment, and doesn't look like resurfacing for a while longer.
I have no doubt it WILL resurface, but the backlash on the government will be HUGE if due process is not followed, or it's rushed through parliament like the recent UK screw-up, or the NZ copyright Legislation.
Also, most current ISP's already offer kid-safe web filters for parents who request it, and any obligatory filter would be fairly easy to bypass if you know what you're doing.

posted by Turtle (2011-05-19 13:43:37)
D4T4 avatarAnyone who knows the Turks will realise that they do what they want anyway, lol. They will find a way around this, laws are for other people and tourists. Thanx again Sam.

posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2011-05-19 14:16:39)
SiLvErDuSt avatarIt should concentrate on laying eggs

posted by (2011-05-19 22:44:28)
krabathor avatarGovernment stepped back and shelved obligatory CENSOR and FILTERING (<-for everyone) for now. They didn't expect a large backlash this much. As usual, it exactly will resurface like Crashman_123's said but when? Also, Ministry made a declaration about misunderstanding that what they said before. Blah blah blah... Anyhow, they find inadequate existing internet (parental or kid) filtering and found a way like this: mass filtering!, hoh ho ho. Lol. I am paying 106 Turkish Lira (71 U.S Dollar) for 4 Meg. connection speed for a month already. If they will make a decision about that absurd filtering law and I will cut off my modem cable with my own teeth. No freedom, no need a connection and there is no reason to 71 Dollar payment for the fully censored net using (71 Dollar!?!), right? We will see what will happen that filtering law after the elections. I think darker days ahead (at least internet freedom's side, lol).

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