Not domain name related.

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The below story/article has not much todo about domaining in general.

It made me however think. Tunesia, in my view a country that is civilised. But reading the article makes clear that the goverment is not to happy about twitter, facebook and whatever is internet related. Apart from the fact that at this moment i cannot even look up if you can register a DOT TU it is clear that this is not a stable ccTLD to begin with.

Earlier today i had a discussion about DOT TO.  A small island somewhere in the South Pacific.  Apperantly the way it is heading it will soon no longer exsist since it willbe totally flooded.

Killer ccTLD however DOT TO. But happens when the actual island is gone ? Will it face the same faith as DOT YU ? I have no idea tobe honest. I do know that my intrest in DOT TO gotten alot less to invest in.  So whatever you do, allways keep thinking and investigate to see what is up. \

The actual story that i intended to blog about in the first place :

Tunisia’s bitter cyberwar

This is hardly the first time Tunisian censors have phished for dissidents’ private information, nor is its censorship anything new.

Most popular video-sharing websites have been blocked for years now. Facebook was completely blocked in 2008.

Tunisia no longer blocks the entire Facebook platform, and is one of the main ways people are able to share video.

Individual Facebook pages are quickly censored, however, often within an hour of going online, Ben Gharbia said.

“Once they identify a link that needs to be blocked, they block it instantly,” he said.

In the siege against cyber dissidence, Twitter has been a bastion for activists. Because people can access Twitter via clients rather than going through the website itself, many Tunisians can still communicate online. The web-savvy use proxies to browse the other censored sites.

Yet even if bloggers manage to maintain their blogging, the censorship deprives them of those readers who do not use proxies. The result is what Ben Gharbia described as the “killing” of the Tunisian blogosphere.

Ben Mhenni said that the government’s biggest censorship of webpages en masse happened in April 2010, when more than 100 blogs were blocked, in addition to other websites.

She said the hijackings that had taken place in the past week, however, marked the biggest government-organised hacking operation. Most of the pages that had been deleted in recent days were already censored.

Amamy said the government’s approach to the internet policy is invasive and all-controlling.

“Here we don’t really have internet, we have a national intranet,” he said.

You can follow Yasmine on Twitter @yasmineryan

Updates:  Azyz Amamy was arrested on Thursday, sources in Tunisia told Al Jazeera. Another web activist, Slim Amamou was also taken by the authorities.

Amamy’s last Tweet prior to his arrest was published on Thursday morning, as was Amamou’s. (6 Jan 2011 21:03 GMT)

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