Tuesday, June 07, 2005

allAfrica.com: Tunisia: WSIS Host Tunisia Guilty of Denying Access to Information By Filtering Internet

Allafrica says Tunisia is using SmartFilter to block out political debate. So,
  1. If you see a debatable item related to Tunisia, replicate it (e.g., copy it to your blog).
  2. If you are involved in IT decisions, ban SmartFilter.
  3. Spread this.


"The Internet blocking in Tunisia appears to be performed by the software application SmartFilter, which is an application developed and marketed by a US company, Secure Computing. SmartFilter is a commercial product and a popular system for the national category, which refers to state-directed implementation of national content filtering and blocking technologies at the backbone level," explained Villeneuve. According to the IFEX-TMG report, this application provides a series of website categories which may be switched on or off. In addition it allows for unique blocking of specified URLs. The Tunisian use of Smartfilter appears to have the categories of nudity, pornography and anonymisers (websites that try and get around filtering) switched on. In addition a number of unique URLs are switched on to ensure website blocking. These
include political, news and information websites.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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