#1 By: Cory Doctorow, February 18th, 2014 23:02
#2 By: Jeremy_Sweeney, February 19th, 2014 00:23
Interesting that there are more requests for porn than Facebook.
#3 By: Leigh_L_Klotz_Jr, February 19th, 2014 00:50
Why is Conduit blocked? They do developer tools for writing phone apps. Seems like they are blocking the wrong name when they're trying to block an open proxy.
#4 By: Aryeh Goretsky, February 19th, 2014 08:31
I found the blocking of Conduit interesting, too. On the Windows side, many anti-malware companies classify their software as a potentially unwanted application, so, it could be retaliatory for installing a toolbar into some government minister's copy of Internet Explorer. Another possibility might be that the Syrian government has some intelligence that the software or network infrastructure belonging to this company with offices in Israel and the United States is being used for more than the targeted display of advertisements (or whatever the toolbar is supposed to do).
#5 By: Boundegar, February 19th, 2014 11:19
I can testify it's a bitch when it gets onto the computers at work. It's nearly impossible for a layman to remove.
Also, how is Facebook on both lists at once?
#6 By: Aryeh Goretsky, February 21st, 2014 05:37
I'm not particularly familiar with BlueCoat's products, but I would imagine their product offers more sensitive blocking of web pages than just simply looking at the domain. It's probably looking at the URL, parsing the textual in the HTML and so forth in order to determine what to block. That way, a search on Google (#1 allowed, #6 blocked) for "restaurants in Damascus" gets allowed, while another for "how do I become an insurgent" gets denied, and so forth.
#7 By: Cory Doctorow, February 23rd, 2014 23:02
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