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After reading Malaysian Insider's article on the eventual crackdown on bloggers, I wasn't surprised to see today's headlines where MCMC issued a directive to all 21 ISPs to block Malaysia Today. Thankfully the blog owners have started a mirror site here. As of now, only TM has complied with the instructions. The rest will probably follow soon enough.

Links:
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I managed to dig out these.

Section 263:2 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 states that
"A licensee shall, upon written request by the Commission or any other authority,assist the Commission or other authority as far as reasonably necessary in preventing the commission or attempted commission of an offence under any written law of Malaysia or otherwise in enforcing the laws of Malaysia, including, but not limited to, the protection of the public revenue and preservation of national security."

Section 3:3 of the same act states that
"Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet."

Point 7 in the MSC Malaysia Bill Of Guarantee states that the Malaysian Government promises to "ensure no Internet censorship".

Is there a class action suit in the making? I sense some fervent desperation and dissent in our administration. We cannot be like our socialist-capitalist brethrens whose democratic system, which I assumed there is one, is barely skeletal.

2 people said this sucked:

  SlowCatchUpKuan

Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:17:00 pm

they'll be alot of drama around this issue. i'm bored *yawn

  MalaysianToday

Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:47:00 pm

In the event that MCMC decides to further implement a full blocking of websites or blogs not friendly to UMNO/BN, the followings can be used as an effective way to circumvent internet censorship:

1. Accessing a mirror site
2. Using a non-censoring DNS-server
3. Using a non-censoring proxy server


1. Access a mirror site
For instance, Malaysia Today can still be accessed at this moment at http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com . Using mirror sites may not be effective as they may start blocking these sites too.


2. Using a non-censoring DNS-server
Change your DNS to OpenDNS server 208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220 .

Click http://www.opendns.com for more info on how to set DNS.


3. Using a non-censoring proxy server

(i) Proxy Sites
More effectively, this blocking can be circumvented by surfing through a proxy sites, such as:
http://proxychina.org
http://proxy4china.com

There are many proxy sites available, just google for them.


(ii) Proxy Tunnelling Software
Another better and most effective way to circumvent internet censor is by using Ultrasurf. It is developed by the people against internet censorship in China. It enables users inside countries with heavy Internet censorship to visit any public web sites in the world safely and freely while it automatically searches the highest speed proxy servers in the background.

Download Ultrasurf software from:
http://www.ultrareach.com
http://www.wujie.net/downloads/ultrasurf/u.zip

Then extract the file and run, that's it.

If you are using browser other than IE, then you have to manually change your proxy IP address to 127.0.0.1 with port :9666 .


(iii) TOR and TOR based browsers
For those who are more IT savvy, they can try TOR. TOR based browsers are also available, such as xb Browser and OperaTor. But TOR solution tends to give slower internet surfing experience.



Say NO to internet censorship.