Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flickr blocked in the UAE?

So, in the name of public decency, Flickr has been blocked in the UAE by all of the major ISPs. This is such a ridiculous decision, and effectively means that users of Flickr in the UAE can't access their own photostreams, and communicate with other users from around the world. As you might know, I sometimes post images from different events that I go to up on Flickr. These photos are now non-existant to my friends and people who visit my site from within the UAE.

It's really almost embarrassing that in this day and age, the UAE insists on such ridiculous censorship. Flickr isn't pornographic, it's just a medium that people use to share photos and short films that they've made or that interest them. So now if one of my friends from abroad sends me a link to their photos, or someone links to a Flickr post on Twitter, I can't see what they're talking about.

So, my question to you, dear readers, is how can we get around the blocks? Are there sites we can visit that show us how to get around the censorship, or have they been blocked too? If you've got any ideas, be sure to post them in the comments section below..

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