08 March, 2008

Keeping internet access safe from terror and danger

Gulf News has an interesting interview with an unnamed TRA spokesperson regarding the proxy; among the interesting information it has are the following paragraphs...

For starters the title of the article in Gulf News is in fact "Keeping internet access safe from terror and danger"

"Each of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Etisalat and du, are required by law to have a proxy programme where certain keywords are checked: sex, terrorism, dating, drugs, alcohol, pornography, and gambling, among others.

These keywords are mandatory by international laws in describing each and every single website."

Is anyone else aware of any international laws regarding keywords?

The final paragraph is quite interesting too...
"The big picture is to be developed and to be in the lead of this century. But knowledge and development doesn't mean ethic-free life or morale-free life. There are certain morals that the UAE government is obliged to protect."


Anonymous said...

The UAE is engaging in the restriction of free speech, and THAT in of itself is a violation of international law. Specificially the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

"..human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people"


The UAE media needs to start reporting objectively and stop acting as a mouthpiece for government propaganda. Free speech and free press is a basic right that belongs to all human beings.

It is ironic that Gulf News publishes an article entitled "UAE affirms readiness to work with UN Human Rights Council" on the very same day. (http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10195566.html)


Anonymous said...

Anon, what blocking porno websites has to do with violating human rights?

Get a life...

Kyle said...

"Keeping internet access safe from terror and danger"

Taking into consideration a paranoid assumption that all future conflicts would be fought over the net. I'd say these guys are already a step ahead in their paranoia!

Seabee said...

I don't know about international laws regarding keywords. But we know that keywords are programmed into the Echelon spy network.

I quote:
"Every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission can be listened to by powerful computers capable of voice recognition. They home in on a long list of key words, or patterns of messages."

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