Turkey Twitter censorship goes from DNS to IP based blocking

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Turkey has taken their censorship of Twitter to the next level.

Initial blocking was done through DNS, so it could be easily bypassed by using something like Google DNS at

Turkey quickly responded to the masses of people using that workaround, and are now blocking Twitter by IP address.

As one often sees with attempts at censorship, this one was counter productive. It looks like tweets from Turkey actually increased 138% following the DNS block.

Now that the censorship is IP based, a VPN like Anonymizer Universal will be required to continue to access Twitter and any other services that may be blocked.

We continue to test that service from within Turkey, and it looks to be working well. 

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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Turkey exends censorship from Twitter to Youtube

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Turkey Escalates Internet Blocking With YouTube Ban | Re/code

In their continuing effort to suppress discussion of corruption in the Turkish government, they have extended their censorship efforts from blocking Twitter to blocking Youtube. This appears to be in response to Google’s refusal to remove “offending” videos.

Reports suggest that the blocking is not completely effective. If you are in Turkey and being blocked, Anonymizer Universal is able to bypass the censorship. Our two week trial provides a quick solution.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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Give Us an Internet As Innovative As Our Streets!

Comcast and Apple have reportedly begun exploring a “TV deal,” which The Hill reports would:

“…[L]et users stream live and on-demand television stored on the Internet, essentially replacing a normal cable box.

“Service over the potential arrangement would be separated from regular Internet connections over the so-called ‘last mile’ of connection to a consumer, where heavy traffic can slow down web speeds. That would theoretically make the streaming video as smooth as it would be for people watching TV via a traditional cable set-top box.”

Because the deal would involve so-called “managed services,” it would likely fall within an exception to the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules – rules which Comcast must still follow as a result of its NBC-Universal merger, even though Net Neutrality was tossed out by a Federal Court in January.

(Gosh, overturning that terrible rule seems to have gotten the Internet humming with innovation again)

Still, the we-want-your-property-free crowd is screaming, especially so after the recent Netflix agreement with Comcast to help ensure the former’s bandwidth-hogging HD movies make it to end users better.  The Freebies see an “evil” trend – that is, private property owners doing what they want with their private property, without the Freebies’ permission (how dare that happen!).

Decried one exasperated Freebie writer about Comcast’s recent moves:

“I feel like I’m shouting at the wind, but I re-iterate: The Internet is a utility. We’re shipping entertainment, products, and overlord drone software via the Web like we do over highways and railroads. Do we let state highway administrators tell trucking companies what they can and can’t ship? No, because that’s as stupid as hitting yourself in the head with a roofing hammer. Why then are we doing it on the Web? We shouldn’t, ’nuff said.”

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A utility, eh?  Well, last time I checked, public administrators heavily regulated the roadways.  And, boy, are they bristling with innovation.  As the picture at right attests: 25 miles per hour in Old Town (speed throttling, which has been the same for at least 25 years); HOV lanes (subsidies for favored vehicles but none others); closed roadways (to host state-sponsored events); and electronic parking meters (new pricing mechanisms to wrest more fees from users). All this is about as innovative as it gets on the George Washington Parkway – a road not much different from others here in the U.S.

Imagine that type of public utility control and innovation for the Internet?

Then again, don’t.

Comcast is a private communications company.  It should be able to do what it wants with its property. To this end, I hope we get bushels and bushels of Apple-like deals in the future. Only in this manner will our networks grow and develop.

A public utility model for the Internet would leave the medium as “innovative” as our streets.

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Video: Muni-Provided B-band = Dirty Hands, Sticky Fingers (with Seton Motley)

FCC Muni B-Band Plan Would Be an Odd Result of Net Neutrality Ruling from Mike Wendy on Vimeo.

In this video, Less Government’s Seton Motley talks about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s new plan to boost uptake of broadband by promoting publicly-funded, muni-provided broadband services.  It is a plan the unelected Wheeler seeks to impose especially on states that, through votes of their elected representatives, have legally banned the provision of muni-provided communications services because such programs are generally unsustainable, wasteful and anti-competitive.

Respecting Federalism this is not.

Listen to Motley’s words.  It is a story of government creating rules to save Americans from its rules, but which only make the government-created mousetrap ever-harder to escape.  Sort of like, “Heads, Uncle Sam wins. Tails, the American citizen loses.”

The formula is simple (and, sadly, commonplace):

  1. Government creates a monopoly for entities to provide needed services, placing hurdles and other shakedowns to prevent alternative entrance into the marketplace.
  2. Eventually, government becomes dissatisfied with the level of competition which has developed – willfully ignoring the fact that it actively worked to bring about or distort the marketplace in the first place through its initial grant and ongoing, anti-competitive administration.
  3. Finally, government proclaims the marketplace is just “broken”, and then blows the whole market up to “fix” it, imposing its own, heavy-handed solution or outright takeover to give services once privately provided (sound familiar – as in the ACA, etc.)?

Citizens should see this untoward practice in terms of connivance and dirty hands – two associated legal doctrines that stand for the idea that it would be unfair to permit a plaintiff (like the government in this instance) to get legal relief for a situation in which it created.

The FCC is just one of virtually un-countable government agencies here in the U.S., practicing this fine art of regulatory dirty hands (and sticky fingers).  Americans should demand policymakers come clean, and bring an end to this liberty-stealing connivance.

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Maria Granger, who is the “most qualified” for the position of  Floyd County Superior Court 3.

If you do not know Maria, here is some important information that we hope will make your voting decision easier:
She is uniquely qualified to serve as Judge and will bring to our new court her experience on the bench deciding cases as an appointed Indiana Judicial Officer as well as serving the public in the courtroom fighting for the rights of children, elderly and the abused as attorney for the Floyd County Office of Family and Children and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Floyd and Clark Counties.

Her experience reflects her commitment to our community which also includes helping individuals and small business owners protect their legal rights in her general law practice and teaching students inside the classroom as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Indiana University Southeast.

In 2004 she received the honor of being chosen by Chief Justice Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court as a Hearing Officer to conduct attorney discipline hearings. Her duties include hearing all testimony and ruling on motions and evidence, making findings of fact, issuing conclusions of law and recommending terms of attorney discipline to the high court. This appointment followed a complete background investigation and is a non-partisan judicial appointment based solely upon her character, temperament, judgement and fitness for judicial office.

In 2005, she advanced from a Judge Pro Tem and was appointed to the bench being named by presiding trial court Judges Nicholas South and Roger Duvall as Referee of the Superior and Circuit Courts in Scott County in charge of conducting hearings and managing a regular caseload. She continue to serve in these judicial capacities. As a member of the American Judges Association and the Association of Women Judges, she interacts with other judicial officers and looks for new approaches to improve our system of justice.

In 2006 she was humbled with the distinction of Woman of Achievement and recognized with a listing in Who’s Who among Metropolitan Executives and Professionals.

We are proud to share with you our readers that since 2005, she continues to serve with Chief Justice Shepard on the Advisory Board of Indiana CLEO, a program which assists disadvantaged college graduates to obtain a legal education and enter the legal profession. This program is close to her heart because as an aspiring law student her future as an attorney was dimmed by socio-economic and other disadvantages. Indiana CLEO gives an opportunity to talented students who are beating the odds to let their light shine and brighten their futures and the lives of those they touch through legal service.

She stays active as a member of the American, Indiana, and Floyd County Bar Associations, Business and Professional Women, Floyd County Women’s Democrat Club, American Legion Auxiliary, FOP Auxiliary, Tri Kappa Sorority, NAACP, One Southern Indiana, and as a Judge for “We the People” constitutional education program for local middle and high school students.

She is a graduate of Indiana University having earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.

She lives in New Albany with her husband Steve Mennemeyer and her son Drake attends college now. They attend church at St. Mary’s. Their daughter Sarah is a nursing graduate. Their eldest son, Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer, courageously gave his life August 8, 2006 serving his country as a Medic in Iraq, but his strength and gentle heart lives on in their grandson Andrew.

Her work on the bench is very fulfilling and rewarding. In the courtroom, she listens carefully with patience and understanding, uses common sense to make fair decisions, and treats everyone with dignity and respect. As judge, she will stress “integrity and fairness” in our Floyd Superior Court 3. She believes we need tough penalties for deserving violent and repeat offenders. Jail overcrowding and the caseload burden will be decreased by resolving cases in a timely and efficient manner.

Her recent endevors has been setting up a Veterans Court and a special Divorce Court.

Floyd County is her home, and she wants to give her best to our community to improve and raise confidence in our court system with integrity, fairness and respect.

Aside from her distinguished public career, it is also what we know about Maria personally that prompted us to support her candidacy. She has a well deserved reputation for honesty and integrity. She is fair and impartial. These characteristics, combined with her vast experience, are what makes her the best and only qualified candidate.

Freedom Of Speech is proud to endorse Maria Granger for Judge of the Floyd Superior Court 3, again.

Your VOTE is vital to achieving this important goal for our community.

Freedom Of Speech is asking you our readers to VOTE for Maria Granger again in May and the General Election in November 4, 2014.

Your VOTE for Maria will ensure dedicated “judicial leadership” in our Superior Court 3.

“Help us get Maria Re-elected!”

Wall Street Journal: Give Me Back My Online Privacy

The Wall Street Journal reports that individuals are seeking to protect their privacy by using new technology and tools: These days, it seems privacy is under assault from all sides. Your phone can track your location, your thermostat learns your personal habits, Facebook FB -4.67% knows the most intimate details about your life—and U.S. intelligence [...]
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Turkey blocks Twitter to suppress corruption allegations.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the courts have ordered Twitter be blocked completely.

This appears to be in response to Twitter refusing to take down tweets of audio recordings purporting to be of Erdoğan engaging in corrupt activities.

Twitter is suggesting that users fall back to an SMS interface to continue to access the service. I suspect most active Twitter users follow enough people that the feed would overwhelm their SMS plans completely.

A better solution is to use a VPN like Anonymizer Universal to punch a hole through the censorship. Through Anonymizer you would then be able to access Twitter, or any other website the Turkish government might be trying to block.

Update: We have re-confirmed that Anonymizer is still accessible and working from Turkey.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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Slate: The sleuthing plot of the Veronica Mars movie gets all the technology right

Slate takes a look at the new Veronica Mars movie (warning: the article contains spoilers about the film) and discusses how savvy the film is about technology, specifically how webcams can be hacked and video recorded and sent to others without the knowledge of the computer or tablet owner. The article references the 2010 case [...]
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Washington Post: NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

The Washington Post has the latest revelation from documents released by for National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden concerning surveillance and privacy: The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month [...]
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