[tor-talk] Tor Project and Youtube is blocked in Turkey too

Kus kusburnu at riseup.net
Thu Mar 27 17:33:53 UTC 2014

> Kus:
>> Greetings from Turkey,
>> Today, Tor Project and Youtube websites are blocked in Turkey by the
>> biggest Turkish ISP, TTNet. However, other ISPs in Turkey will block
>> them
>> too. Besides, I'm not sure they're going to block Exit Nodes in days to
>> come but probably they'll.
>> ~Kus

> Might be worth spreading some mirrors around (on that Twitter website
> that no one can get to)? Last week, for example, there was a new one set
> up in Turkey: http://tor.kslt.tk/.

Thanks for the link. Many Turkish users are sharing Tor download mirrors
in the Twitter. But I have to tell there's a bad perception about Tor in
many Turkish users like "I installed Tor, I heard criminals etc. using
Tor, I couldn't find the uninstaller, then I format my PC, am I safe now?"
as usual. Mostly, they're choosing some paid/free VPN services due to this
and slightly ignoring the Tor block. I got many comments at my blog about

> I don't know if the government is ready to block Tor relays just yet.
> It'll probably all go away next week once Erdoğan and his motley band
> have safely won the election.

The block probably depends on the new tapes which will leak in the next
days. If a tape or a video will come like today's, I can't guess what will
happen. I heard a rumour about blocking VPN to prevent new tape scandals.
After the new Internet Legislation called 5651, they're going to establish
a union called "Erişim Sağlayıcıları Birliği" (more like Service
Provider's Union) under the control of TİB (Telecommmunication Presidency)
and TİB has a president from MİT (Turkish Intelligence Agency) origin
which makes it under the control of MİT and all ISPs traffic will route
there. It makes DPI and etc easier for them too.

> Otherwise, I suppose the Tor help desk will be getting a lot more emails
> in Turkish.
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