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[liberationtech] Iraq block Social media

Collin Anderson collin at
Sat Jun 14 11:54:55 PDT 2014

On Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM, David Gessel <gessel at>

> I tested Facebook, youtube, google, and twitter and all loaded normally.
> Traceroute showed no anomalies.

I believe that your testing is a bit off -- as of yesterday Earthlink was
blocking social media, primarily (or entirely) through local DNS
manipulation. This could account for the difference of your experience, and
why users with foreign DNSs can still browse without other tools.

Yesterday I ran Alexa's top 100k through a DNS resolver in country and
found aberrant results for the following domains:

The returned address for these domains briefly attributed the filtering to
the security situation in country, until it was modified within a couple of

If you have an Earthlink VPN, it might be interesting to see if you can
browse to the RFC1918 address, I think it's the block page
for that ISP.

(Bonus points for a sending the domain of a porn site to Libtech)

*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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