Update, March 7, 2006: Release
- The mozilla extension through which you can access any
blocked blog using your favorite web based proxy. See the details and
user guide click
Update: Match 3, 2006: I have received the actual PTA
letter that was sent to the ISPs. You can find it here.
(I have blurred the URLs so as not to publicize these sites)
March 2, 2006:From the last
couple days, blogspot has been blocked by Pakistan
Telecommunication Corporation (PTCL), probably for blocking blogs
related to blasphemous cartoons. I am posting
this news here as my blogs are inaccessible to many of my Pakistani
friends. For the time being, access my blogs through Google
Translate Proxy Hack, or via Coral CDN. Ovais
Khan's Diary (via Google
Translate Proxy Hack) (via CCDN) The
Grid Computing Weblog (hvia Google Translate Proxy Hack) (via
Access other blocked Sites using Google Translate
Proxy (Pages open in new window)
Technically speaking, I have tried various ISPs and found the packets
being blocked at Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE) routers, a subsidiary
of government owned Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
I am asking for my friends using cybernet and fascom for trace routes
as these ISPs have redundant links bypassing PIE.
The issue with this approach is that you need to rewrite the URL each
time, which is not the case with other web based proxies. WebLeOn
however has a firefox extension that has access via CCDN in the right
Google Translate Proxy Hack
During my stay in UAE (where, uncountable sites including Coral CDN
Proxies are blocked), I looked
at various ways to bypass the blocks. Etisalat has even blocked all
common proxy and web server ports (80, 8000, 8080, 3128, and many more)
based proxies, so you can't count on anonymizer, etc. I found Google
Translate Proxy Hack, which works very fast and reliably and
is not blocked neither in UAE nor in Pakistan.
For easier access of the blocked sites for my
non-technical friends, you can enter the URL in the box below (Pages Open in new window):
Access Blocked Sites using Google Translate Proxy (Pages
open in new window)
Firefox Specific Integration
If you use Mozilla
Firefox, add this
as bookmark and then use the smart
keywords feature to link it to a
shortcut like gproxy
and easily browse any blocked site by entering "gproxy URL" e.g., "gproxy
http://ovaiskhan.blogspot.com" in your location
bar. Let me know, is you need any help on this.
I am also working on a firefox extension that should make access to
blocked sites using any web based proxy easier.
Access via web based proxies (Some are ad-supported
or have limited access, others are paid)
most of the ones listed below, you can access the pages by just
prepending the web page URL to the proxy URL.