Iraq Government Blocks Access to Tor Project

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Last week it was reported that the Iraqi government had blocked access to numerous social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was using the services to organise its insurgency.

Usually when governments block access such websites, a spike in use of Tor is seen as people look to bypass such blocks.

This was seen in Turkey last March when prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s blocking of Twitter and YouTube led to 10,000 new users accessing the Tor network every day.

Now the main Tor Project website has now been blocked in Iraq, meaning that those looking to use the anonymous web browser to communicate cannot access the necessary details.

While the Iraqi government would be unable to block communications on the Tor network, by blocking the Tor Project’s website it means those who don’t know how it works will be unable to access download links for the software needed and guides on how to use the technology.

However there are ways around the block put in place by the Iraqi government, with a number of websites set up to give people the information they need.

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While there are numerous English-language mirrors available, a new website in Arabic has now been established giving people in Iraq simple instructions on how to download the necessary software and use Tor for themselves.

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