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A Challenge To All Hackers: Get the Internet Banned in Turkey!
24 May 2008
For the fourth (possibly 5th, God who knows?) time, YouTube has been blocked/banned in Turkey. When accessing the site, a "blocked" message appears and states that YouTube has violated certain laws both on the 30th of April and May 5th, of which it still has not revoked the "incriminating" videos. In these crazy times - have the majority of us become too complacent, that we don't even question why anymore?
I think it is time to talk about ideas. Not only having innovative ideas, but the freedoms to foster, fester, and then free those ideas across the globe. Lately, these freedoms have been under threat. I'm not talking about the freedom to watch cute kittie videos either.
What is a blog? A blog is a free-form of expression. Our synapses fire, and whatever we think, we write for the whole world to see. It is simplicity, it is human, it is beautiful.
What is Wordpress? It is a community-based blogging platform, that only until recently, after 7 months, has finally been unblocked in Turkey.
What is YouTube? YouTube is a free-form social community that allows all forms of video expression to the rest of the world. YouTube has been blocked 3-4 times in the last year by Turkish courts for defamation according to certain laws.
Other sites that still are blocked consist of the CNN Ticker/blog. Turkey has also blocked the Flickr Blog in the past, but now it is up and running.
It is time to talk of ideas - ideas that transcend any filters, blocks and laws. It is time for common sense to take a stand.
Throwing Down the Gauntlet!
That is why I'm calling on all hackers to fight this. How you may ask? No, we're not going to form a new party, but yes, it is in the same spirit. We're going to shut down the majority of the Internet in Turkey!
First Objective: Facebook!
Hacker_Project_1 - Design an application on the Facebook API that in a sense will get Facebook blocked and banned in Turkey. I'll let you use your imagination on this, but it shouln't be too hard to get thousands of people to join a community application that sends favorite animals to friends with the heads of famous Turkish historical figures (if you get my meaning). Once this is done, we can move this to other social community platforms.
Second Objective: All Blogging Platforms!
Hacker_Project_2 - What was already done for Wordpress can be done again. It should be fairly simple to publish a blog post on multiple platforms as well as pages. This will most certainly cause the root domains to get blocked.
Third Objective: Move on to other easily accessed and popular websites. If we have to form a public open source community on this, we should.
I'm not asking you to break the law here such as breaking into secure servers, I'm simply trying to prove a point that by using network and community resources legal in the rest of the world, you can get websites blocked in Turkey.
By bringing the (cursed and wicked) Internet to its knees, the government will be forced to acknowledge these loosely interpreted but strictly enforced laws to control the Internet are infringing on the citizens' rights and freedoms to access information and the freedom of expression. It is too bad that politics has come into this, but for Turkey to progress in education, for children to grow up and be innovative, and for democracy, we must tell our politicians that the laws that our judiciary are interpretating (independently? - I think not) - are essentially putting Turkey in the same category as Iran, China, and North Korea.
Turkey Cannot Control the Internet: Let Rives be the Emperor!
Let me introduce Rives - a poet, a spoken-word artist. He wants to be the emperor of the Internet. Let's laugh a little, and forget that others have tried to control an Internet that will never be controlled.
Publisher: Jon H. Black TurkVCAnalyst: With 10 years experience working and studying in Turkey, an MS in Financial Economics, Jon H. Black is a published writer of multi-sector industries in oil & gas and banking & finance. In addition, he has offered due diligence services, dealflow sourcing and aiding private equity professionals entry into the Turkish market through entrepreneur and industry introductions.
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