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- back from my hols in dubai
- Obscure^ email@example.com
I just came from a holiday from
dubai - a wonderfull city with a strong hold on
media content. Everything, from megazines to tv
and internet is prone to be censored!
I got into this Internet Cafe,
and as soon as I tried to access Neworder [http://neworder.box.sk],
I get a nice error page informing me that the
page I was trying to access was restricted. You
can immagine my frustration after paying 10dhs
to find out that I'm not allowed to view content
I'm used to.
Of course a few trickes let me circumvent this
how censorship in dubai works
From what I understand, every
http request in dubai passes through an HTTP proxy,
and this proxy determines if the site is allowed
or not depending on a URL ruleset. Certain sites
are tagged as hacking sites, or pornographic sites
etc - therefore they probably have multiple rule
sets for several cathegories which are banned.
using proxies and socks
The most obvious way to circumvent
URL checking is to use a proxy or socks. This
is probably the most flexible way to connect to
a restricted site, since all it takes is a setting
in the Internet Explorer or Netscape configuration.
However in my case, I couldn't connect to ports
other than port 80 and irc ports since I was at
an Internet Cafe. This means that I was restricted
to use HTTP only.
using translator sites
Translator sites such as babelfish
of altavista.com, allow users to access other
sites for translation. If the user chooses to
translate an english site from italian to english,
he will get a copy of the site on the Babelfish
site. This means that if i'm translating http://neworder.box.sk,
I'll get a copy of the site even though that certain
site is blocked. It seems that the Emirates ISP
(Emirates Telecommunications Corp) is aware of
this and has blocked access to http://babelfish.altavista.com.
However users in Dubai and UAE will still be able
to access other translation sites, such as http://translate.ru
This writeup sucks, but anyway
I was so pissed off at people closing access to
information so here goes ..