Controversial Turkish Filtering Measure Goes Live

Last Tuesday, Turkey implemented a new Internet filtration system.  Since the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority (called BTK) announced this system in May, it has been quite controversial.  BTK initially proposed a compulsory filtering system with four levels of filtering that consumers could choose between.  Not surprisingly, that plan came under fire from Turkish [...]

Herdict Attends First EU Hackathon in Brussels

Herdict Technical Director Mike King and I attended the first (annual?) EU Hackathon held last week in Brussels, Belgium.  This event, sponsored by Google and Skype, was an opportunity to educate members of European Parliament about Internet censorship, filtering, and the need for transparency.  It was also an opportunity for 54 programmers to demonstrate the [...]

Iran Announces Criminalization of VPNs

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Technology Reza Taghipour announced the VPN usage would be criminalized in the country. In the past, Iranians had frequently used VPNs to bypass strict content controls to access blocked sites such as Facebook and Gmail. Earlier in the month, Iranians noticed increased difficulties with accessing their VPN accounts after the [...]