AMITIAE - Friday 16 August 2013
Cassandra: Many Internet Connection Problems - Twitter, True and MICT
By Graham K. Rogers
Undaunted, Line was brought into the argument and he was to send a team to Naver in Japan to make sure that access was attainable there. We have already heard rumbles about Blackberry messenger services and Twitter
This morning, I was interested almost right away by a posting from Daniel Eran Dilger and clicked on the link. Surprise: I was redirected to w3.mict.go.th which many people here will recognise. This is the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. Pages deemed unsuitable would display a "no you can't" message.
As I went through Twitter, there were scores of links that brought up this redirect and I was sort of pleased to see I was not alone. Of course, there was an easy way round in most cases, but the list of sites that were being blocked, including the Bangkok Post and many Apple-related sites was too large to be a specific censorship problem. Short URLs were being blocked.
While Twitter was the problem on my Mac, I tried also on the iPhone. Unsurprisingly with the same Wi-Fi network, that links to TrueOnline, I found the same sites blocked on the iPhone too.
I turned off the Wi-Fi. With 3G access only, and that from DTAC, I tried again. The same links were now not blocked. I phoned True. After a number of attempts to outline the problem - True, Twitter, short URLs, MICT - the complaint was noted and I was told by the helpful young lady (these girls usually are so nice) that the problem would be forwarded to the technical section. While in the shower, an SMS message confirmed this.
While dressing, I tried Twitter again. It is still the same as I write this. On the Twitter feed I will put out, I will use the full URL, so that should be accessible (unless you use Google DNS - another problem). That presumes I am not to be censored, of course.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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