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Comment Re:Religion and Internet Filtering (Score 1) 113

For what it's worth Not much really since those countries are unrepresentative of the Muslim world ... On the other hand most of the *major* Muslim countries (not counting the occupied Iraq and Afghanistan) are classified as either black holes or under surveillance.

Black holes: Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Heavy Surveillance: Syria, Libya, Yemen,Bahrain, UAE, Malaysia, Tajikistan. Fair points about Kosovo and Bosnia, but I don't know what you mean by 'unrepresentative' with respect to the previously listed countries. If by 'major' Muslim countries you mean the ones that make it to the news in the West, then fair enough, they are very restrictive, but if you look at the religious values espoused by the inhabitants of these countries and try come up with which ones are 'representative', you would have to exclude Saudi Arabia and Iran and Bahrain since they follow minority sects and there are wide discrepencies between their beliefs and those of the rest of the Muslim world. Most of the other countries attempt to restrict religious practice in addition to the internet; In Libya and Egypt the type of religion practiced by the people may well be representative of the rest of the Muslim world, but in Libya the government is known to suppress traditional religious scholarship, similar stories in Egypt and Syria, where religious organisations are under heavy surveillance eg all congregations have to register and sermons have to be approved. The Turkic countries are very secularised; beards were forbidden in Turkmenistan, though I think they may have recently lifted that, and most Muslims there do not regularly attend mosques. Uzbekistan is similar in the level of religious practice of its population. In Tajikistan girls in government schools are forbidden from wearing headscarves, and many Mosques have been taken down or converted to other types of buildings. In Tunisia the government restricts the wearing of headscarves by women in public office, and discourages it among the general population. I think a lot of those countries restrict the internet for similar reasons to China; mainly to control the news that gets to their people and cover up injustices by the government.

Comment Re:Religion and Internet Filtering (Score 1) 113

For what it's worth, Brunei, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Gambia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Kosovo. I know some of those probably don't have the resources to implement heavy censortship but just thought I'd respond to the question. Also there are others that are classified by that as "Under Surveillance" (like Australia) and others classified as "Some censorship" like the USA and the UK. From a cursory glance at that map it seems there are about eight Muslim countries classified as "under surveillance", , and around the same number classified as "black holes". Most of them seem to be classified as "Some censorship," like most of Europe. Two countries in Europe that have "no censorship" are Kosovo and Bosnia. There are 57 Member states in the Organisation of Islamic Conference, although as far as I am aware not all of them have Muslim majorities.
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After Links To Cybercrime, Latvian ISP Cut Off 116

alphadogg writes with this Network World story, excerpting "A Latvian ISP linked to online criminal activity has been cut off from the Internet, following complaints from Internet security researchers. Real Host, based in Riga, Latvia was thought to control command-and-control servers for infected botnet PCs, and had been linked to phishing sites, Web sites that launched attack code at visitors and were also home to malicious 'rogue' antivirus products, according to a researcher using the pseudonym Jart Armin, who works on the Web site. 'This is maybe one of the top European centers of crap,' he said in an e-mail interview. 'It was a cesspool of criminal activity,' said Paul Ferguson, a researcher with Trend Micro."

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