Sunday, September 11, 2005

Residents back policy of blocking offensive sites, says watchdog :: GN

My sense is that the internet screening in the UAE is reasonable, that the exceptions to that rule are few and are almost always corrected in timely fashion. Emphasis on the almost.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to wonder how in touch they are i.e. some blog sites are blocked. Skype free phone calls blocked. Yet they allow sites like imesh for down loading free software and porn open. Also it is a great sport at all the internet cafes to find different proxy servers so you get no content filtering.

4:36 PM  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I don't think it's reasonable at all - they go far above and beyond the call of duty. Blocking translation sites, web archive sites, entire subdomains such as Blogger photos. photos.snopes.com (which annoyingly they use for half their articles - it's not just pics that are blocked) is NOT under their remit, but they do it anyway.

And they very rarely respond in a timely fashion. 99/100 you will get a response that "there is porn there" (even if there isn't) and you have to lump it.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Samson Alva said...

i have had trouble complaining about a site that is completely legitimate www.thefacebook.com when i visited a few months ago. I tried to complain online, and the form to submit wouldn't work - the script had errors. Then I tried to complain about the faulty complaint page to the webmaster, and this submission page didn't work either! And once again I realized how glad I was not to live there any longer.

4:22 AM  

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