Turkey Backtracks on Controversial Internet Filtering Plans

Demonstrators march during a protest against internet censorship in İstanbul May 15, 2011. They hold a banner reading "Hands off my Internet." Photo: AA

In the face of increasing concerns from the public over a planned Internet filtering system to be imposed in late August, Turkey‘s Internet watchdog decided not to oblige Internet users to choose a filtering option and postponed the introduction of the system until November.

Turkey’s Internet watchdog, the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK), has been under fire since May over a new regulation that is titled Procedures and Principles Regarding the Safe Use of the Internet,” which planned to provide filtering options to Turkey’s Internet users. Critics said the new regulation, which was set to come into effect on Aug. 22, would place Turkey among the world’s top Internet-censoring countries…

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