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Today at a politcal rally Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan stated that the Turkish government would 'stamp out' Twitter citing international conspiracies and court orders.

Prime Minister Erdoğan is reported to have said:

(in Turkish)

"Uluslararası komplolar bu işin içinde, bu twitterler var ya, şimdi mahkeme kararı çıktı. Bu twitter mwitter, hepsinin kökünü kazıyacağız. Efendin uluslararası camia şöyle der böyle der, hiç beni ilgilendirmiyor. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devletinin gücünü görecekler. Bunun özgürlükle alakası yok. Özgürlük birinin mahremine girmek değildir, özgürlük devletin sırlarını bu tür kanallarla, fitnelemek değildir. Buna fırsat vermeyeceğiz, süratle bu adımı atıyoruz. Ülkemin güvenliği söz konusu. Ülkeme fitne fesat sokmak isteyen ister ulusal olsun ister uluslararası olsun karşısında Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devletini ve bizi bulacaktır."

(translation)

International conspiracies are involved in this, you know this Twitter, now there is a court order. This Twitter scmitter, we are going to stamp it out. The international community say this and that, it doesn't interest me at all. They will see the power of the Government of the Republic of Turkey. This has nothing to do with freedom. Freedom is not invading someone's privacy, freedom is not using channels like this to expose government secrets. We will not let this happen, we will move quickly. It is a matter of my country's security. Those who want to introduce malice and disorder into my country, whether they be national or international, will find the Government of the Republic of Turkey and us against them.

Then tonight at about 11:30pm Twitter began to be banned in Turkey - begining with cell phone operators - with the explanation that it was a preventative measure based on a court order.

Some in Turkey are still able to reach the site by changing their DNS settings but the government has stated that new measures to prevent access to banned sites even if DNS settings are changed were being developed in accordance with a new law passed last month which regulates the internet in Turkey.

Excerpts and Links:

Turkey has blocked access to Twitter, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to close down the social media platform.

“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdoğan said at his campaign rally in the western city of Bursa on March 20, 10 days before the upcoming local elections.

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http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/...

Hours after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms, government has restricted access to Twitter in most parts of the country, citing a court ruling on Thursday.  

During a rally, Erdoğan said he did not care about the international response, his latest outburst in an increasingly bitter election campaign.

Anger, threats and conspiracy theories have marked the run-up to the March 30 local elections, with Erdoğan battling a corruption scandal he says is orchestrated by his enemies, much of it waged via leaks on Twitter and YouTube.

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http://www.todayszaman.com/...

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 03:41:02 PM PDT

  •  Maybe now people will actually notice what's going (5+ / 0-)

    on there.

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 03:46:51 PM PDT

  •  This is a really dumb idea (3+ / 0-)
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    dizzydean, AoT, InAntalya

    It won't take long for folks to organize a countermeasure to this. Using e-mail or other means to forward messages along. And even twitter itself will be made available thru proxies, etc. from sites outside the control of the Turkish government. Short of shutting down the web I don't see how they expect this to be anything more than a pissing match and one they'll eventually lose.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:15:26 PM PDT

    •  It will be more difficult to get around (3+ / 0-)

      because many people use twitter from their phone using text messages and those countermeasures don't work when you're just texting and don't have a smart phone.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:20:29 PM PDT

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      •  My geek centric view of the world is shattered (2+ / 0-)
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        AoT, InAntalya

        Oops, I just assumed they were loaded to the hilt with smart phones. Yeah, that'll be harder to circumvent but not impossible.

        Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

        by ontheleftcoast on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:22:28 PM PDT

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      •  Ship smart phones to Turkey! (1+ / 0-)
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        InAntalya

        Except that the fucking NSA uses them to scan us! Goddammit!

        Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:55:02 PM PDT

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  •  But can they ban ALL social media? (3+ / 0-)
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    dizzydean, AoT, InAntalya

    This really is not a good development , obviously. I just know that people will find a way... Because generally speaking, tech geeks are WAY smarter and more flexible than court orders.

    Our country can survive war, disease, and poverty... what it cannot do without is justice.

    by mommyof3 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:17:35 PM PDT

    •  Yes they can. The same way Pakistan blocked (1+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya

      everyone in the world from YouTube.  All Turkey would have to do is do the same thing but for all social networking sites or even every known allocated IP address.  Check out the "AS 7007 incident" for an idea of how Turkey could shut down the internet.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:53:58 PM PDT

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  •  Meanwhile, the government is contemplating a (3+ / 0-)
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    AoT, InAntalya, julesrules39

    pre-election military strike in Syria

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/...

    just in time to put on a strong face before the votes are cast...

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:22:00 PM PDT

  •  Banning the Intertuby machine thingies (4+ / 0-)

    always works out so well, doncha know, as we see in Egypt, Nepal, Serbia, and other troubled countries from time to time. The only country that can do that any more is North Korea. I've been inside North Korea very briefly at Panmunjom, and you, Turkey, are no North Korea, for which we and you can give thanks.

    At another time, also when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, North Korea sent an assassination team to kill South Korean President Park Chung Hee. As the police in Seoul were closing in, a member of the team threw a hand grenade on a bus, killing a friend of my best friend there.

    I am a co-author of How to Bypass Internet Censorship, which Turks would be welcome to use, and to translate to Turkish.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:25:14 PM PDT

    •  Ok then, how do you bypass Turkey's censorship of (2+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, julesrules39

      twitter when nobody can get to it because they blocked it for the entire world, the same way Egypt did with Youtube (though Egypt's worldwide block of youtube was due to negligence rather than actual intent).  I guess you haven't heard of BGP injection before.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:46:58 PM PDT

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      •  You use a chain of TOR Onion Routers (1+ / 0-)
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        InAntalya

        to access Twitter from outside the country over encrypted links. We have an entire chapter on TOR.

        Or you email your tweets to someone else to post where there is access, outside the country if necessary.

        Or you use Facebook instead of Twitter, and suggest that people post your messages on Twitter for you.

        Or you use a satellite connection.

        Or you get creative, and hack into the system doing the blocking.

        Or something. I am sure that we will hear about it.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 09:15:27 PM PDT

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        •  No, the point is that nobody ANYWHERE can (1+ / 0-)
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          InAntalya

          Twitter because all the routing tables worldwide believe that Turkey owns those IP addresses.  Using TOR or a US/European proxy or VPN won't help you because nobody in the US or Europe or anywhere else will be able to access Twitter.  You can't hack into the system doing the blocking because every core router in every tier 1 isp on the planet will be doing the blocking as well.  That's the whole point of blocking via BGP injection, it can't be bypassed because nobody will have access to the site.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 09:21:45 PM PDT

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          •  This turns out not to be the case (1+ / 0-)
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            InAntalya

            Twitter is still up everywhere outside Turkey. Turks do know the sorts of things I was telling you.

            Michael Kaplan ‏@MichaelD_Kaplan 3h

            Love how #Turkey has blocked Twitter, yet tons of Turks are Tweeting! Awesome. #TurkeyBlockedTwitter

            and no, you can't lay claim to IP addresses from outside your country via BGP injection. There are a number of ways that properly configured routers detect and reject improper BGP messages.

            BGP Vulnerability Testing: Separating Fact from FUD v1.1

            After detailed explanation of experimental results and software fixes for known issues:

            Liberally use clue-stick next time someone says “BGP is totally insecure!”
            Here is another way to get tweets out of Turkey.
            Twitter's @policy account earlier sent out messages telling Turkish users in both English and Turkish they could send out tweets by using short message service, or "SMS."

            Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

            by Mokurai on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:09:21 PM PDT

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          •  The owners of the routers (1+ / 0-)
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            InAntalya

            ignore everything from the Turkish Tier 1 routers.

            If that worked then N. Korea would have shut down the internet already.

            If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

            by AoT on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:11:04 PM PDT

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    •  Ooops, that was Pakistan, not Egypt. Sorry. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:51:53 PM PDT

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  •  How do the people feel? (2+ / 0-)
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    InAntalya, julesrules39

    Can you tell?

    Watching Erdogan, I feel like the Michelle Rodriguez character in Resident Evil:

    "Your boyfriend's a real asshole."

    Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:54:17 PM PDT

  •  Oh, ye of self-anointed blindness.... (1+ / 0-)
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    InAntalya

    "Social media" consists of so much more than "twitter-tweets." It includes all levels of communication, whether electronic/"tube-based" or not. It entails all levels of communication, all the way down to signaling Semaphore with a couple of rags or tapping Morse on the railing of a fire escape.  It includes encrypted writing and speech. It involves the unrestricted employment of utterly "any-tech means of communication" that require your opponent to invest vast sums of his own resources as countermeasures to the extent that his means of control over you are over-extended to the point of irreversible collapse.

    If you cannot function without Twitter and its ilk, then you are already defeated.

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    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 04:01:25 AM PDT

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