Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Syrians reconnected to Facebook and YouTube

An aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hailed Wednesday, February 9, the fact that the Syrians now have access to sites like Facebook and YouTube for the first time since 2007. "Celebrating the positive decision on YouTube & Facebook in Syria, but worried that freedom endangers users because of lack of freedom of expression and association," writes Alec Ross on his Twitter account.

The decision to Damascus has been no official announcement. These are the users themselves Syrians realized they could get - for the first time in four years - both websites without resorting to "proxies" to circumvent censorship. A contractor experienced in the areas of technology and media, Abdelsalam Haykal, told Agence France-Presse that the request to lift the censorship "had come to Internet service providers." SYRIA, "ONE OF THE BLACK HOLE OF THE INTERNET" "Since coming to power of Bashar al-Assad, Syria has become one of the Internet black holes, with the systematic filtering of online publications of the political opposition and severe repression against dissidents and independent journalists speaking on the Web, "says the website of Reporters without Borders, about this country of nearly 4 million Internet users.

"The Syrian authorities are using a filter called" Thundercache "to control the content available on the Internet, eliminating viruses and prevent pirating of video files," says RSF. "Cyber cafes are the subject of a particularly stringent, making it very difficult to open one," also says the Open Net Initiative.

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