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A friend of mine is visting a relative in Abu Dhabi and sent me this priceless screen shot, which he got when he was trying to access YouTube.



  1. #1 Travis McDermott
    January 9, 2008

    Hmmm, it seems even Big Brother has customer service. Why is that the creepiest part?

  2. #2 Kevin
    January 9, 2008

    I am sure there is content on YouTube that is inconsistent with the values of the UAE. I am equally sure there is a wealth of content on YouTube that is educational, informative, interesting and inspiring. One of your recent postings featured a surgical video from YouTube. There are many ethical and moral arguments you can make against censorship. The more practical argument seems to be that you lose more than you gain when you deny people access to the world around them.

  3. #3 Ian
    January 9, 2008

    Somehow I get the funny feeling that filling out that feedback form might be a really bad idea….

  4. #4 The Flying Trilobite
    January 9, 2008

    Well, at least some “inconsistent” sites must get through. I’ve had readers from UAE before; YouTube isn’t everything. Just some of the most fun, inspiring, educational and wacky parts.

    My eyebrow is raised at how it is not just one reason. It’s “religious, cultural, political and moral”. I mean, even cultural? Shelley called it. Scrubbed is the right word.

  5. #5 Ghosty
    January 10, 2008

    I get hits every so often from Saudi Arabia. Perhaps their scrubber needs cleaning. 🙂

  6. #6 Dave Briggs
    January 11, 2008

    I wonder if they were using a land line? It seems to me that blocking a signal from a satellite to the public would be a much more difficult task.
    Dave Briggs :~)

  7. #7 Tim Marzullo
    January 12, 2008

    There’s only one ISP in UAE, and not surprisingly its government owned, so its fairly easy then to censor the net. However, the mildly resourceful person to do some tunneling tricks to bypass the censors. Oddly, UAE blocked my personal videos, which are really innocuous amateur rocket videos. Youtube, as a whole, is not blocked. Neither, unfortunately is retrospectacle. So Shelley can go on corrupting the citizens of Abu Dhabi.

  8. #8 Ole Blue
    January 12, 2008

    I get a lot of hits on my site from people in Muslim countries looking for really weird stuff. Guess I have a weird site. HHmmmm…

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