As Turkish citizens look forward to wholesale Internet filtering from August 2011, the government has already moved to block the URLs of two major file-sharing sites.
The domains of both RapidShare and FileServe are now banned in Turkey following a decision by a court in the capital, Ankara.
Turkish Internet users who try to access either site are presented with a page informing them that they are blocked.
Both sites are accused of providing access to pornography and breaches of Turkey’s obscenity laws.
From August 22nd 2011, all Internet users in Turkey will be forced to choose from a selection of four Internet filtering packages.
The packages, which will be offered under a regulation by the country’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority, will block websites. The criteria under which they operate, however, will not be made public.
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