Guest post from attendee at BZB 30 April 2011:
Breaking News From Turkey:
According to Regulations about “Secure Usage of Internet in Turkey”, from beginning of 22th of August, every single internet user in Turkey is forced to choose a filter package, which are “family pack”, “children pack”, “standard pack” and “only including TR pack”. All packages have different limitations and filters, and if you do not choose one of them, your access to internet is filtered with standard filter.
According to this “halal internet” plan, all the content is under control of the government and if this regulation is applied, only websites “verified” will be allowed to enter.
There won’t be a list of “denied websites”, but if the user tries to enter one of those sites, s/he will met the “this site is not allowed” message.
Before that regulation, such site censorships (like youtube, wordpress or blogspot) can be passed via DNS changes by users, illegally. With these new regulation, these changes are also strictly banned. Since IP addresses of the sites are also blocked,
“The allowed websites” will be identified by the government.
Pornographic content, Skype program and some left wing newspapers are on the ban list.
This ban will be applied after 22th of August.
Users are planning to make an anti-censor campaign.