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[liberationtech] blocked in Belarus. Advice welcome :-)

Paul Hilder paul at
Thu Aug 16 14:18:24 PDT 2012

Dear all,

This week, - the open platform for anyone, anywhere to
start, join and win campaigns -- has been blocked in Belarus. The
blocking is taking place at the level of Beltelecom, the state
monopoly service provider.

The mechanism, rather unusually I think, is simple DNS address
blocking, which is also affecting other sites. We are in close touch
with our DNS service provider on this issue and seeking to resolve it.

We believe the issue may relate to the content of one or more
campaigns started by users. We have seen several
significant campaigns on the site in recent months, some on
challenging issues.

We are engaging in dialogue initially to seek to remove the block, but
are also assessing other options in response.

We have consulted a number of the usual go-to people already, but I'd
really welcome any advice or perspectives from LiberationTech list
members, on or off list!

Sorry to be asking rather than sharing on my first posting here... but
I hope you understand the circumstances, and look forward to further

Warmest wishes,

Paul Hilder
Vice-President of Global Campaigns

Now: London, UK

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