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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Restricted access 


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The news on Sunday informed us that the Pakistan government had blocked access to YouTube because of anti-Islamic movies posted on the site. Today we learnt that the service has been restored again. Apparently attempts by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to block the site caused a near global blackout of the site on Sunday. This report suggests that Pakistan Telecom hijacked the web server address of the video siteā€¦details were then passed on to the country's internet service providers so that anyone in Pakistan attempting to go to YouTube was instead re-directed to a different address. This shows how the internet is not beyond political interference, but is it beyond political control? China made similar attempts last year and is now implementing a general policy on restricting access.

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