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[liberationtech] Website censorship in the US

William G. Gardella wgg2 at member.fsf.org
Wed Dec 18 10:20:17 PST 2013


Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su> writes:

> On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM, Tom Ritter <tom at ritter.vg> wrote:
>> It is unusual. If I was a betting man, I would
>> put my money on them mislabeling your server or server farm as a
>> spam/malware serving site.
>
> Indeed, malware would also be my bet, and it is apparently the reason:
> http://forums.att.com/t5/Features-and-How-To/I-can-not-access-sites-from-000webhost/td-p/3842847
>
> I still consider this weird. Perhaps such censorship is more
> acceptable for mobile Internet in the US, where all web access is
> proxified? Maybe the related Wikipedia article needs some updating:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_United_States#Telecommunications_and_Internet_service_companies

To submit an additional anecdote for your consideration: this time last
year, AT&T (both ADSL and mobile) blocked me from my bank's online
portal.  I was eventually able to speak with network operations people
at AT&T, who promised to correct the blockage (which was for malware at
the same or a nearby host), but the problem resurfaced some weeks later.
I filed a complaint with relevant details with the Federal
Communications Commission, which was acknowledged, and I switched
providers.

dee.su is working for me from Comcast.  Of course, Comcast has already
faced sanction from the FCC for running deep packet inspection to
discover BitTorrent users, in violationn of FCC rulings; perhaps AT&T is
more daring because they have not yet faced such an enforcement action.
Perhaps we could change that.

--
Best,
WGG


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