Turkey Keeps Banning More And More Of Google

from the why-not-just-turn-off-the-internet dept

Turkey seems to have a problem with Google and its services. The country has issued multiple bans of YouTube, which has resulted in plenty of criticism from the tech press in the country. Also banned was Google’s Blogger service, because a Turkish TV service was upset that some Blogger users posted links to unauthorized streams of Turkish football matches. Now, Slashdot points us to the news that Turkey has apparently banned a whole bunch of Google IP addresses with no explanation. Among the services banned: translate.google.com, books.google.com, tools.google.com, docs.google.com, AppEngine, Feedburner and Google Analytics. Given how many other sites rely on things like Google Analytics and Feedburner, you have to wonder if folks in Turkey are having a lot of trouble reaching many sites these days.

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techflaws.org (profile) says:

Re: Ne cehennem

Do they think that increased communication between nations is a bad thing?

Apparently, or as Douglas Adams puts it in H2G2:

“Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloddier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”

Dissected News (user link) says:

consequences for Iran

This is bad news for those of us following the developments in Iran. As someone who relies on Turkish contacts to get information in and out of Iran, the blocking of some of these websites may have a significant impact on the quality and quantity of information available from inside the Islamic Republic. As a result, it will be easier for the government of Iran to persecute its people with immunity from the international community.

No Host No Route says:

Update: Turkey vs Google

An update (09/06/2010) on Turkey vs Google;

In Turkish:

or you can translate it on Google Translate.

In brief:
Sometime ago Turkey’s Ministry of Communication and Transport requested from Google to establish a local contact point (in Turkey). However, this was dismissed by Google and the ministry made a second move just today, fining Google 30 million Turkish Liras (approx. £12 million). So it seems like this not barely censorship, but more like a “you open an office in Turkey and pay me tax”.

Let’s see what happens or gives up first.


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