19 November, 2006

One Proxy to Block Them All

TRA will censor the internet connections in the free zones from next year. Emirates Today has this article:
Internet access will be censored in Dubai’s Internet and Media cities from early next year, the director general of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced. These zones, together with certain Emaar developments such as The Greens, are currently provided with internet services through Tecom, which has a stake in new telecom operator du. Unlike etisalat, this company does not use a proxy server that can prohibit access to undesirable sites such as those featuring pornography. However, as part of the process to allow du to provide internet services beyond these zones, the TRA will introduce a uniform proxy server across the UAE. TRA Director General Mohamed Al Ghanim said: “There will be a unified policy for both etisalat and du. “We will be taking a lighter approach regarding censorship,” said Al Ghanim, adding that the new proxy was likely to be introduced in early 2007.


Finally thats going to end the special treatment to some of the users. Welcome to the blocked bandwagon ;-)

15 comments:

samuraisam said...

Please link / reference the source that you are quoting from.

ahmed said...

Sorry, I forgot to put in the link. Its there now. Thanks for reminding me.

Hesham said...

a step backward, not really what I expected but it fits the pciture..

BD said...

One more reason to head to Bangalore and bypass Dubai if you're in the Internet business. This whole thing will probably end up as two steps backward for every step forward. Viva the opening up the telecom market.

Grumpy Goat said...

Sayonara, Reuters.
Ma'asalama CNN.

Keefieboy said...

When TECOM was set up, Sheikh Mo PROMISED investors that they would have unrestricted Internet access. The TRA deserve a good slap around the face with a dead fish.
-Disgusted of Jebel Ali

FreshDubai said...

Bad, bad, bad idea. What do they think they're doing? So much for "freedom to create"!

Kiwi Boy said...

Well, shit...
Why do all the bad things happen in "early 2007" and the good things like the Dubai Metro or the new 5th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road by "late 2009" etc.?

marwan said...

What a lovely and original Christmas present!

Dubai Entrepreneur said...

keefieboy,

Can you find an original quote from Sheikh Mohammed that has him making such a promise? If it is indeed documented, it may be interesting to start a campaign against the TRA's decision using that as a basis for the argument.

If not, it's just he said she said..

Anonymous said...

Good! All the over paid and spoilt palefaces in Emmar developments and free zones can suffer like the rest.
No porn for y'all

eva longoria of morrocco said...

so finally ,all the drones working in internet city ,etc, are going 2 suffer like ther est of us working slobs!
good!

Anonymous said...

I never undestood why we have to had a proxy while tecom had the advantage of an uncencored internet.

Good for them :D

Although I only support pornography censorship.

Dubai Entrepreneur said...

That's all beside the point. It would be truly sad. I don't think companies would up and leave as a result as some of you are advocating. The reasons why Dubai is an attractive place to do business is far more complex than the superficial yet important issue of censorship of the Internet.

The TRA seem to want to tone the requirements down of what they block and don't block. I think the most likely thing to happen is that they will block straight porn sites and a few political sites. For those who need to visit the political sites, there will always be ways around it. They know this and the companies that require such access know this (broadcasters, publishers, etc.)

So, what's the big fuss about? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely think censorship of all kinds strifle growth.. but this will not see companies running out of Dubai.

Anonymous said...

Guess what dubai entrepreneur, you are wrong. They are, and they will. Westerners are not going to live with that censorship and the ripoff telephone rates. Me and my company are leaving for Jordan. I can use VoIP, Skype and surf where I want on the internet. You should see the comments on the expat sites about work in the UAE. Not to mention the VoIP industry news websites. Oh, thats right, they are blocked, but expats can see them.

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