On Egyptian ISP TEdata intentional Speed limitation

Annotated by Max Forte on Diigo, I’m just adjusting it.

So when TE Data both filters and rate limits, we have an artificially slow and essentially broken network that discourages use #egypt 9 minutes ago
ioerror

  • What is clear is that in practice there is a behavioral impact -- connections may fail, users are discouraged, they may be unprotected #egypt 12 minutes ago

  • Is rate limiting an entire connection censorship? I think this is less clear because in theory *the data will eventually* arrive #egypt 11 minutes ago 
  • Is filtering censorship? I think this is unquestionably and obviously true. #egypt 12 minutes ago
    @eclip5e I refused to answer their questions. about 4 hours ago in reply to eclip5e
    ioerror
    Discouraging uploading and actively blocking access to sites is clearly politically motivated to create a limited
    subset of the net #egypt 22 minutes ago 
    It does not appear that servers or other hosted systems are rate limited -- rate limiting is only for home/business end users #egypt 22 minutes ago

      • ioerror
      • So while #Egypt has returned to the internet, it is now tiered and those who are politically active (end users) are collectively punished… 29 minutes ago 
      • ioerror

        This kind of rate limiting practically discourages video/photo participation but gives the illusion of *full* connectivity #egypt #jan25 30 minutes ago Retweeted by you and 8 others

      • The frustrating issue is that people just assume #egypt normally has slow DSL -- these are normally quite fast lines, crippled intentionally! about 1 hour ago Retweeted by you and 14 others
        • Some people will not download software to protect themselves because it practically takes *too long* or it prevents other activities #egypt 38 minutes ago
        • There are people who cannot upload videos or photographs in a meaningful time frame -- sometimes not at all because of conns breaking #egypt 39 minutes ago
        • While not as nuanced as political-networked-coercive-throttling -- the word censorship is fair because of the end result: censorship #egypt 40 minutes ago
        • A few points: I was not arrested, I did not consent to any searching, and of course -- this isn’t about travel, this is about liberty about 7 hours ago
        • Why do we allow US Customs to lie and to threaten people? It’s a crime to lie to them and they do it as their day job. Why the inequality? about 10 hours ago
      • @1D4TW Correct -- this is a link that normally is measured in Mb/s and they have throttled it for political reasons… 42 minutes ago in reply to 1D4TW Retweeted by you and 1 other
        • It’s also quite worrying to note that this traffic shaping is new -- perhaps with new equipment installed after the networks went down #egypt 32 minutes ago
        • People in #egypt don’t have the ability to simply call up another ISP and wait 7-14 days for a new DSL provider who will also cripple them 33 minutes ago

      • Just as the Great Firewall is easy to circumvent, people will chunk uploads and wait for files to downloads. It’s still network abuse #egypt about 1 hour ago
      • It’s interesting to note that some media initially reported that I had no trouble because I said nothing at all. Irony abounds. about 10 hours ago
        • Will the Canadian government simply act as an arm of the US policy of detaining, searching, and harassing me? Oh Canada! I hope not. about 10 hours ago
        • I’d like to think that when I visit my family in Canada this wekend and attend a work conference that Canada won’t hassle me. Am I dreaming? about 10 hours ago
      • TE Data DSL service is being seriously rate limited specifically to impact documenters from sharing in reasonable time. #egypt #jan25 about 1 hour ago
      • The end result of political throttling is that people are unable to see or produce media in a relevant or impactful time span. #egypt #jan25 about 1 hour ago 
      • Rate limiting is not traditional censorship: TE Data wants to stifle speech and their methods are working. Imperfect but intentional. #egypt about 1 hour ago 
        • I’m flying to Toronto, Canada for work on Sunday and back through Seattle again a few days later. Should be a joy to meet these guys again. about 11 hours ago
        • I resisted the temptation to give them a disk filled with /dev/random because I knew that reading them the Bill of Rights was enough hassle. about 11 hours ago               
        • The mental environment that this creates for traveling is intense. Nothing is assured, nothing is secure, and nothing provides escape. about 11 hours ago
        • The CBP agent asked me for data -- was I bringing data into the country? Where was all my data from the trip? Names, numbers, receipts, etc. about 11 hours ago
        • I’m only counting from the time that we opened my luggage until it was closed. The airport was basically empty when I left. about 11 hours ago
        • In case it is not abundantly clear: I have not been arrested, nor charged with any crime, nor indicted in any way. Land of the free? Hardly. about 11 hours ago
        • Even if it makes things worse for me, I refuse to be silent about state sponsored systematic detainment, searching, and harassment. about 11 hours ago
        • It took a great deal of thought before I posted about my experience because it honestly appears to make things worse for me in the future. about 11 hours ago


        • They were quite surprised to learn that Iceland had computers and that I didn’t have to bring my own. about 11 hours ago
            • All in all, the detainment was around thirty minutes long. They all seemed quite distressed that I had no computer and no phone. about 11 hours ago
            • The CBP agent asked if the ACLU was really waiting. I confirmed the ACLU was waiting and they again denied me contact with legal help. about 11 hours ago

            • The CBP agents in Seattle were nicer than ones in Newark. None of them implied I would be raped in prison for the rest of my life this time. about 11 hours ago

        • During the search, I made it quite clear that I had no laptop and no cell phone. Only USB drives with the Bill of Rights. about 11 hours ago  
    • Only US customs has random number generator worse than a mid-2007 Debian random number generator. Random? Hardly. about 11 hours ago
      • While waiting for my baggage, I noticed the CBP agent watching me and of course after my bag arrived, I was “randomly” selected for search. about 11 hours ago

      • She attempted to trick me by putting words into my mouth. She marked my card with a large box with the number 1 inside, sent me on my way. about 11 hours ago

      • The CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) agent was waiting for me at the exit gate. Remember when it was our family and loved ones? about 11 hours ago
        • I requested access my lawyer and was again denied. They stated I was I wasn’t under arrest and so I was not able to contact my lawyer. about 11 hours ago
        • The forensic specialist (who was friendly) explained that EnCase and FTK, with a write-blocker inline were unable to see the Bill of Rights. about 12 hours ago
        • I did however have a few USB thumb drives with a copy of the Bill of Rights encoded into the block device. They were unable to copy it. about 12 hours ago
          • Max Forte
            Max Forte 06 Feb 11 07:54:57
            Sorry for the poor formatting…the key point is that I observed three different Egyptian websites I consult frequently, including 3arabawy, responding very slowly. At first I thought this was due to high traffic, given increased interest in the sites. However, here we have Jacob Appelbaum, a noted American hacker, affiliated with Wikileaks, and an expert in his field, who says repeatedly that his research shows continued Egyptian state censorship…in throttling traffic from activist websites in Egypt, to limit their presence as much as possible. A few minutes ago, 3arabawy did not load at all in my broswer, except for the black background…and I have a cable connection.

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