Anonymous Fights For Turkish Citizens – “Let Internet Be A Free Place”, They Say

Anonymous’s war on internet restrictions wages on in Eurasian country known as the Republic of Turkey. Anonymous is known for their stance on internet freedom, claiming that the internet is a free place where people can view whatever information and sites they wish. The Turkish government has now become a target for the international hacking group due to new restrictions that are about to be enacted on internet usage.

The government of Turkey has set up a system that forces internet users to sign up for one of the four filtering packages. These filters will restrict internet sites and the government claims it is for the protection of younger web browsers. They claim that there are a lot of dangerous and harmful websites out there that young people need to be sheltered from. Anonymous, however, disagrees.

The international hacking group claims that the Turkish government is just using the protection of young web users as a façade and that its real purpose is to monitor web activity of all users. Anonymous is not alone in their beliefs. There are numerous critics that claim the government is trying to suppress dissent by restricting web access. Many Turkish citizens have taken to the streets with banners and signs to protest the national net filter that is going to take place. In support of the Turkish people, Anonymous has also taken action.

On June 10th Turkish government websites became the target of Anonymous’s justified attacks. They DDoSed these websites with an application known as LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon). DDoS is a computer term for distributed denial of service attack. When it is one person it is a DoS, when it is multiple people acting, it is a DDoS. The main goal of a DDoS attack is to render the website (or service) unusable. The most common method of DDoSing is by flooding the intended target with so many requests that it simply cannot process them all and the entire site bogs down so that any user attempting to access the site will experience significant lag and will likely timeout. Anonymous successfully DDoSed several Turkish government websites, forcing them to go completely offline. The government, however, wasn’t going to give up without a fight.

Just days after the websites were attacked, Turkish government officials found a way to possibly trace LOIC users. As a result 32 arrests were made in various cities around Turkey. Nine of the individuals detained, who were also minors, have already been released and cleared of charges. The rest are still being questioned.

The government doesn’t plan to enact these internet restrictions until August 22 of this year, but already they are faced with a strong resistance from both its citizens, outside critics, and internet hacking groups from around the globe. Unfortunately for the Turkish government their internet restrictions will likely attract the attention of more hacking groups like Anonymous and they may face a more aggressive resistance as the deadline draws near.

So are Anonymous and other hacking groups justified in their attempts to free the internet from “filtering” and “restrictions”? Indeed they are. While hacking and cyber-attacks are illegal, the Turkish government is not likely to listen to the peaceful rallies and protests of its citizens. Hopefully the government overturns their decision to restrict internet usage. The façade that they are using to cover up their true intentions is easily dismissed; parents are responsible for their children and should monitor their internet usage, the government has no business interfering and limiting internet usage of its citizens. The internet should be a free place where knowledge and information are at the disposal of the user, no restrictions should be put in place by government or any institute other of authority.

Facebook And Twitter Banned In France?!

France has stepped forward, taken an old law from 1992, and used it to banish the words Facebook and Twitter from news stations. No longer are new casters allowed to say “Follow us on Facebook” or “Look to Twitter for more information later!” In fact the best news stations are allowed to say is “Look to your favorite social media sites online” So why in the world would France use an outdated law to put the ban hammer down on those words?

Logical, Are They ?

Their reasoning actually seems logical at first. They claim that when a news caster mentions Facebook or Twitter its actually advertising the social media sites, and that in turn isn’t fair others. There are tons of other social media sites out there that news casters are not mentioning, so it’s showing preference to those two.

France has been criticized before for banning words. Back in 2003 the word “e-mail” was banned because France wanted to protect the purity of their language. It seems odd that those who are enforcing these laws do not understand that language is constantly developing and that slang and internet words are used every day by the younger generation as well as the older generations.

Although France claims that the banning of Facebook and Twitter has nothing to do with language purity they are adamant in their decision. Unfortunately what they don’t seem to realize is that the news is not favoring these sites, they are using the resources of the sites to spread the news to many more viewers who probably don’t have time to sit around at a selected timeframe and watch the news.

I mean think about it, how many younger people sit around and watch the news? A few yes, but many more are on the computer on these social media sites. People are on the computer all of the time. These are common images that you see everyday:

Twitter And Facebook Making News Channels More Famous:

It is not the news sites that are giving popularity to Twitter and Facebook, in fact it is the other way around. News stations are using these sites to grow and expand, getting more and more viewers through multiple media outlets. These sites also bring the new stations more followers. With the constant updates, viewers are more likely to go to a TV and watch a breaking news story which in turn brings money to the network and new station.

So how is banning these words going to do anything other than harm the new station and bring more criticism towards France. It even brings even more attention to Facebook and Twitter. With both of those sites mentioned in the news due to this ban, they will likely receive more followers. The methods of the officials are old fashioned and need to be updated. Society is ever changing and evolves with technology, the laws governing the society need to evolve as well.

Unfortunately until France changes its laws Facebook and Twitter are still