The Turkish block of Twitter this week, is such ill conceived madness that it sometimes is hard to comprehend that these guys are politicians who are supposed to understand people. When they follow the example of dictators like Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and decide the best way to stop people saying bad things about you it to try and stop them talking completely – true genius.
It’s not even as if Turkey has the first idea about how to block access, they’ve been actively filtering the internet for years now and there still using the baby/first steps blocking technique. Look around certain places in Istanbul and Izmir for example and you’ll see posters of Erdogan with DNS server addresses pasted all over them. That’s how the country is blocking the site by rerouting DNS requests, so by switching to another of the many millions of DNS servers available across the planet you can bypass the blocks.
In fact there are many ways to completely sidestep these restrictions and when you’re Prime Minister has threatened to crush the social networking sites and demonstrate the power of the Turkish Republic, you really need to come up with something better than a very amateurish attempt like this. In fact it’s looking like Twitter use in Turkey is rocketing after the ban has been implemented – circa 17,000 Tweets from Turkey every minute at time of writing. I’m afraid it doesn’t make Erdogan look strong or powerful, more like clueless and inept.
Here’s one the many ways you can bypass the Turkish ban on Twitter –
The more the numbers spiral out of control, the more ineffective both the ban looks and also how powerless the leader who implemented it appears. It also adds your name to the list of others who have attempted to do the same, hugely successful leaders in places like Iran, Iraz, Egypt, Syria and North Korea. Of course when we say leaders, the list is actually one of dictators, democratically elected people don’t generally try and repress free speech. It is widely expected that the Prime Minister is intending to continue his tirade against these sites, so you may need a Facebook unblocker in Turkey as well soon.
The block will only really affect people who don’t use Twitter anyway, and have no real desire to use one of the workaround or use a Turkish Proxy. Although human nature being what it is, probably many will suddenly sign on to see what they’re not supposed to see. Many think this could be the beginning of the end for Erdogan, not only has he attempted to repress talk of corruption but he’s done it badly – making himself look completely impotent and powerless in the process. He also is starting to look as guilty of hell with his rantings of moral outrage at the evil forces of erm Twitter and Facebook. A great country, with fantastic friendly people for the moment stuck with a dodgy, shifty leader – they deserve better. Especially Berkin Elvan, the young boy killed by the Turkish security services firing on protesters, whilst he went to buy bread.