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This article was published on December 17, 2009


If a proxy wasn’t enough for Algeria…

If a proxy wasn’t enough for Algeria…
Fawzi Rahal
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Fawzi Rahal

Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. Yo Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. You can reach Fawzi at [email protected].

algeriaAlgeria, the 11th largest country in the world, is proposing to create a centralized system that monitors all Internet communications to counter terrorists, hackers and online piracy.

All Internet access in Algeria is already controlled by a proxy that blocks access to pornographic and ‘socially unacceptable’ content. This proposal is to create an additional layer that will be managed by a ‘filtration center’ to monitor information flow in and out of Algeria.

While counter-terrorism acts and anti-piracy laws are always great initiatives in theory, the freedom of speech and privacy of 4.1 million internet users are at stake here.

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via Magharebia