Pakistan Orders Internet Ban On Google, Yahoo, Bing, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon & MSN

from the have-fun dept

Perhaps Pakistan should just turn off its internet connection? We've already had stories recently about how courts have ordered that both Facebook and YouTube be blocked -- but supposedly both bans had been lifted. Then came the news that there were attempts to put Facebook's founders on trial, potentially for a death sentence, because some users had posted stuff people in Pakistan didn't like. The latest, sent in by Ali, is that a Pakistani court has ordered a whole bunch of popular websites be blocked from access. You may have heard of a few of these: Google, Yahoo, Bing, MSN, YouTube, Amazon and Hotmail. Who are they missing? Ebay? Twitter? I'm sure those will be blocked soon enough...


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    Craig (profile), Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 3:58pm

    Information (control?) is power

    So many regimes require the dumbing-down of their people in order to keep them under control. Gone are the days when you can seal your borders with armies or navies...I don't even know why they try any more, to be honest.
    They might consider changing the name of the country to StoneAgeIstan.

     

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    yourrealname (profile), Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 4:12pm

    I can't wait until they figure out people are using proxy sites to access them and the Pakistani government has to start a daily update of which proxy sites are banned.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 4:13pm

    I think the old Aol or compuserve business model may be ready for a comeback!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 4:17pm

    Don't even use DNS for those sites, just define them in the hosts file. No proxy needed once you know the IPs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Information (control?) is power

    Because if you are China, it pretty much works well for them to block so many sites.

     

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    Another User, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 5:31pm

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    Depends on how they block the site. Usually when blocking websites I do it by IP not by DNS name. So even if you do it by DNS it is still blocked. But unless you a lot of money for a strong filter that has more flexibility then direct IP/DNS blocking then it is pretty much worthless.

     

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    TN, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 6:11pm

    Pakistan is just being too damned 'babyish'!

     

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    minijedimaster (profile), Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 6:37pm

    Apparently no one has informed the Pakastan courts that there is these new inventions called "encryption" and "proxy servers". As a side note, when the hell did we let a third rate country such as this have the internets? This is just proof they're not ready yet people! Get with the program!

     

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 6:41pm

    Obligatory....

    Pakistan makes the Baby Prophet Muhammad cry!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 7:21pm

    umm, mike, pakistan, you know, the place that doesnt protect terror except their home grown and pretty much wants to get out of every trade, copyright, or patent agreement possible. it is sort of a no brainer.

     

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    abc gum, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 7:53pm

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    Umm, yeah - and they like harbor "Extreme Radicals" 'n stuff.
    Derrrr

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 8:06pm

    Re:

    Do you even have a point with this episode of Trolling with TAM?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 8:22pm

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    It makes me laugh.

     

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    Rana, Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    never block Google, Yahoo, Bing, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon & MSN

    Above post is wrong, Pakistan never block these websites any time Google, Yahoo, Bing, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon & MSN.

    Just facebook was banned for few days in May but non of other.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 23rd, 2010 @ 11:16pm

    Re: never block Google, Yahoo, Bing, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon & MSN

    Above post is wrong, Pakistan never block these websites any time Google, Yahoo, Bing, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon & MSN.

    There's a link in the story to an article from a Pakistani publication claiming that the block for all of those sites happened today. Are you claiming that publication is incorrect?

    No one said that those sites were blocked before. But the article says they've all been blocked now.

     

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    Ameer, Jun 24th, 2010 @ 12:15am

    I'm Pakistani, and this is total ass. How can you even THINK about banning google or youtube. It's against the right to free speech. Yeesh.
    The Lahore High Court are just a bunch of old wankers who have nothing better to do with their time. Why not just block Televisions too, or music, or schools.
    UGH. Annoying!

     

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    Fergie (profile), Jun 24th, 2010 @ 2:47am

    Blocking by Pakistan

    Why not, all servers outside of Pakistan just block all queries from IP's coming from Pakistan!
    It would create havoc and let the people make the decisions what they want in place for their government!
    I believe changes would be made in short order!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2010 @ 4:22am

    Pakistan

    Pakistan was a big mistake by the British government in the 1940's - they should have created a single Indian state. Instead we had mass migration, hardship, a cold war between India and Pakistan, a war of independence to create Bangladesh, a disputed territory in Kashmir - part of which was lost to China as a side effect - and TWO cricket teams we can't beat instead of only one.

    Muslims get on just fine in India for the most part - the captain of their cricket side a few years back was a Muslim. India has also been a stable democracy for most of its existence and a demonstration that democracy can work in a largely 3rd world country. Pakistan on the other hand has lurched between corrupt democratic leaders and military dictators and now seems to be flirting with religious extremism. Pakistan was not necessary. It was created (along with Israel) in the last gasp of the anachronistic theory that states should have a uniform religious background.

    This theory was already blown out of the water by the Roman empire centuries before and has since been totally demolished by the success of the United States and the movement of most western european countries towards religious pluralism.

    Don't get me wrong, I have known some wonderful Pakistanis in my time, and their nation has many great achievements - it is just that it would all have been better as part of a larger and more pluralist whole.

     

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    giafly, Jun 24th, 2010 @ 6:39am

    Supporters of this law haven't thought it through

    Seems to me that supporters of this law bring the teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) into disrepute, defiling his sacred name, and so logically they should themselves be punished by death.

    http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/0/9da54d3f22f184f1802567390039e0d6?Opendocument

     

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    Robert Ring (profile), Jun 24th, 2010 @ 8:13am

    Mike, considering the Facebook people are getting a Pakistani death sentence, I would consider you also not plan any trips to Pakistan in the near future.

     

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    Michael, Jun 24th, 2010 @ 9:32am

    Re:

    He probably can't - Mike seems to want to be able to update TechDirt day and night - even when he is on vacation.

    Since Pakistan is actively blocking nearly the entire internet, it seems like it would be a frustrating trip for him anyway.

    However, a death sentence might be better than going there anyway.

     

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    chris (profile), Jun 24th, 2010 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re:

    Depends on how they block the site. Usually when blocking websites I do it by IP not by DNS name. So even if you do it by DNS it is still blocked. But unless you a lot of money for a strong filter that has more flexibility then direct IP/DNS blocking then it is pretty much worthless.

    or just tunnel thru SSH. this is pretty easy to setup (provided you have a shell account somewhere - i recommend the Super Dimensional Fortress: sdf.lonestar.org) and has the added benefit of encryption.

    if SSH is blocked, you can tunnel thru http as well, but you need a machine outside the firewall running the service.

    short of cutting cables, it's pretty tough to block access to someone with sufficient determination and a little know-how.

     

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    BillS (profile), Jun 26th, 2010 @ 4:51am

    Sidestepping the Internet Ban

    It's like an arms race at this point. If they really did seriously block these sites in addition to proxies there are sites like mypersonalbrowser.com which create a browser outside the firewall for open browsing. I think the remote PC sites might be an obvious approach as well (assuming the PC is not on the same side of the firewall ;) )

     

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    Farhan, Jun 27th, 2010 @ 10:49am

    BULL SHIT

    NO ONE CAN COMPLETELY CONTROL THE INTERNET... this is totally stupid, and those who file complaints against such websites... why do they look for the content in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    bushra, Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 10:21pm

    dkfi

    nice site dear

     

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    azhar, Nov 13th, 2010 @ 6:26am

    i luv ur site

     

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    nosheen, Dec 8th, 2010 @ 11:57pm

    forex

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    bushraa, Dec 9th, 2010 @ 9:01pm

    diamond

    NO ONE CAN COMPLETELY CONTROL THE INTERNET... this is totally stupid, and those who file complaints against such websites... why do they look for the content in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    suriyaa, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 3:00pm

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