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[liberationtech] Iraq block Social media

Brian Conley brianc at
Sat Jun 14 10:31:05 PDT 2014

I spoke with a colleague today briefly via Facebook. He is in Kirkuk and
told me he had serious difficulties finding a connection in the city.

I can't speak to technical reasons, but have colleagues there And elsewhere
in Iraq with good tech know how. I'm happy to help test and assess if
anyone has questions.

On Jun 14, 2014 9:32 AM, "David Gessel" <gessel at> wrote:

> I have a VPN connection to Iraq  109.224.XXX.XXX
>  ISP: earthlink ltd. communications&internet services
> I tested Facebook, youtube, google, and twitter and all loaded normally.
> Traceroute showed no anomalies.
> My Iraqi friends are posting normally on FB at the moment.
> The responsible ministry would be the CMC, which can be reached at
> or for arabic speakers:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [liberationtech] Iraq block Social media
> From: Bahaa Nasr <iwpr.lebanon at>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at>,
> iwpr.lebanon at
> Date: Fri Jun 13 2014 11:22:16 GMT-0700 (Pacific Standard Time)
>  Iraq today blocked Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and other sites,
>> in response to the uprising of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
>> The Iraq government ordered the country’s ministry of communications to
>> block the sites “over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the
>> Levant (ISIS) was using the outlets to organize their insurgency.”
>> Although other publications report that the cause for the block is
>> unclear.
>>  --
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