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Ever get the feeling you are wasting your breath?

Tags: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority - UAE
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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 1, 2009

Ever get the feeling you are wasting your breath? Yep, after all the thousands of (mostly angry) words written about internet censorship in the UAE, by dozens of journalists, bloggers and so many others, the cack-handed efforts at web blocking by the TRA and the duopoly still go unnoticed on the worldwide stage. China's Green Dam and Iran's cyber-revolution make headline news, but the fact that we can't use flickr goes unnoticed (it's an outrage!)

The UK newspaper the Guardian has compiled this map of global web censorship, in association with the Open Net Initiative - but there's no data available on the UAE...

The good news is, that the paper is asking for more information on any countries that it has missed - so getting posting data to them straight away.

The internet censorship adds to a couple of other notable crowd-sourcing projects from the Guardian lately. They've roped in readers to comb through hundreds of pages of UK MP's expenses and have also launched a campaign to track and identify those detained or killed in Iran's recent election protests. Which, sadly, any one accessing from the UAE won't be able to see all of the results from, as the Guardian is asking its volunteer community to post ideas for visualisation of the data on to flickr...

2692 days ago
Telephone Systems Sydney

censorship is not right, citizens must have a means of free expression, where they can express their views without fear of what might happen to say this.

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