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Telecomix Releases 54GB of Syrian Censorship Logs 51

Posted by timothy
from the like-cheese-logs-but-worse dept.
pafein writes "Hacktivist cluster Telecomix released 54 gigabytes of Syrian censorship log data. The anonymized log data was collected from seven of 15 Bluecoat SG-9000 HTTP proxies used by Syrian government telco and ISP STE. Preliminary analysis revealed such keywords as proxy and Israel were blocked. And of course, much porn. The data set provides a unique look at Internet censorship from the inside. Internauts who enjoy regexes and charts are invited to help make a pretty infographic. Telecomix's #opsyria has been fighting censorship and facilitating communications [note: French language link] in Syria for the past few weeks, providing TOR, VPNs and technical advice and support via IRC. They've also been providing DNS service for The Pirate Bay."
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Telecomix Releases 54GB of Syrian Censorship Logs

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  • Can't be right (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ArcherB (796902) on Wednesday October 05, 2011 @09:41AM (#37611546) Journal

    Arab men don't look at/for porn. It is forbidden by the dominant religion over there.

    Must be some sort of mistake... or an Israeli plot.

    • by Ynot_82 (1023749)

      So is violence (as with most religions)
      <barbossa>There're more what you'd call /guidelines/ than actual rules</barbossa>

    • by pixline (2028580)

      Arab men don't look at/for porn. It is forbidden by the dominant religion over there.

      Advice: feel free to say it, don't bet anything on it. It's like saying "not a single american drunk anything with alcohol in it during prohibition". FAIL.

    • by seyyah (986027)

      Not everyone in Syria is Muslim. Not all those who are nominally Muslim actually practice the religion. And some of those who do practice still break the rules (alcohol, etc). Welcome to the real world.

    • by Mathieu Lutfy (69)

      Have you been to Syria? It's quite a complicated place, and has a fascinating history :)

      I was there last year, slightly before the uprisings started. While I did most of the usual backpacker routes (Damascus, Hamah, Aleppo, Palmyra), with the occasional getting lost, hitchhiking and crossing to/from Lebanon using odd routes), I met a lot of people who barely spoke English and just felt like communicating. I found people to be very open minded, proud of their culture, curious about others and somewhat indiff

      • by Ltap (1572175)
        You know, you don't need to use secure.wikimedia.org any more.

        A better link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria [wikipedia.org].
    • by suprcvic (684521)
      My sarcasm sensors are going off big time. Thinking the parent should be modded funny, not insightful.
    • by chrb (1083577)

      Arab men don't look at/for porn. It is forbidden by the dominant religion over there.

      It is also forbidden by the dominant religion in the U.S.

      Religious people are often hypocrites...

      • by H0p313ss (811249)

        Arab men don't look at/for porn. It is forbidden by the dominant religion over there.

        It is also forbidden by the dominant religion in the U.S.

        Religious people are often hypocrites...

        Hmmm.... you might be on to something there, there seems to be a pattern of behavior but I just can't figure it out....

    • Arab men don't look at/for porn. It is forbidden by the dominant religion over there.

      Lots of things are forbidden by most religions, yet anyone can see that they still happen anyway.

  • "Internauts who enjoy regexes and charts are invited to help make a pretty infographic"

    Has anyone made one yet?
  • the syrian government is losing their standing. Blocking freedom of speech sites, organizing sites, western influences of varying kinds? Sure, you can get away with it. But blocking the porn? That's a recipe for eventual revolution.
  • For hell's sake, man, this is 2011! Why any compressible data is still released using gzip, when xz (even bzip2) is way better, is totally beyond me.

    Squash those bits, man! Squash 'em good!

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