Updates on Malaysian censorship/filtering

With mouths wide openMore updates on Internet censorship in Malaysia (follow up from yesterday, As elections nears, Malaysia filters the Internet).

  1. MCMC denies that there are access restrictions, claiming high traffic is what slows sites down. Sheikh Raffie Abd Rahman, the strategic communications chief needs to realise that he’s dealing with people smarter than he is, so this kind of bullshit isn’t going to work.
  2. Brian Ritchie made an infographic on helping people bypass the censorship. Should be good for most end users.
  3. Khairil Yusof from the Sinar project made a simple Python app to help you see if your connection is being filtered. This requires you to have a Python interpreter.
  4. An anonymous source pointed me to For Their Eyes Only. The report is chilling. Do a search for Malaysia (it’s a long PDF, I’ve not been able to read it all). It is covered in TMI and security.my. Avoid this file: SENARAI CADANGAN CALON PRU KE-13 MENGIKUT NEGERI.doc. If you’ve opened it, you’ve got FinSpy. This was brought up before by TMI via the NYT, however MCMC ended up investigating TMI over this.

In other news, it’s World Press Freedom Day. Remember that access is equally as important as freedom of expression. 

Related posts:

  1. Malaysian censorship doesn’t cross borders but what if you’re a Malaysian startup?
  2. Malaysia stops censoring bloggers
  3. As election nears, Malaysia filters the Internet
  4. Marina crying foul over censorship?
  5. Malaysian diaspora, safety, and rebooting Malaysia

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