Dubai Internet Censorship

Dubai claims to be on the cutting edge of technology yet it is one of the few countries censoring the internet. When we started this blog we could access but today I found out the this site used for sharing pictures has also fallen prey to the internet proxy of Etisalat but the funny thing is Etisalats double standards, they use the proxy in certain areas while in others people have free access. Etisalat claims that the proxy is only to block home users from porn and is not implemented in offices and educational Institutions, but home owners in some areas of Dubai do not go through the proxy for example most of EMAAR Properties. They claim that the proxy just blocks porn but that

2 Comments so far

  1. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    I think we should all write letters to the editor in major newspapers in UAE. Dubai Metblogs is an excellent forum to highlight these things and if all of us send letter to papers and media, we might bring around a change!

  2. Jane (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 9:52 pm

    This is a crucial situation, and perhaps letters should be written not just to local publications in the UAE, but to large, international publications as well, who will get the word out in other countries and in so doing, shine a light on the hypocrisy of Dubai. Rags like the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times come to mind, at least here in the states. Best of luck to you conscious Dubai-ans!

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