Internet Filtering in the United Arab Emirates
The Open Net Initiative (ONI)
considers some of the legal implications of controlling access to Internet
content through filtering. Filtering regimes have a tremendous effect on
issues such as civil liberties, international jurisdictional matters, and
Internet governance, there are few established mechanisms for review and
reform of Internet censorship.
The Open Net Initiative, in it's recent release of the 'Internet
filtering in the United Arab Emirates', highlights the importance of
transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness in order to maintain a
reliable, efficient, and global medium for communication.
media in the UAE, the sole Internet service provider (ISP) Etisalat
and Internet based content providers, all face stringent legal
controls on expression and access to information.
Hackers Assaulting Websites
Professional hackers are employed to deface websites
The coordinated hacking attacks against human rights
content sites, which would probably be supported by the UAE
regime is a great concern.
These hired goons are taking on a bigger role to invade server
farms, breaking into more secure networks than ever before,
mainly to deface websites.
Several sites of Western, Israeli and Asian Web sites have
been defaced last year, this includes attack against 'uaeprison.com'
Web server and it's networks.
Few of the sites were down for several hours to remove some
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UAE Hackers Assaulting Websites
The repressive regime in the UAE also supports predatory, private
companies for their hacking activities. In Phrack magazine, Dr. Crash explains that
computer technology is being misused not by hackers but by governments and
A study report, OpenNet Initiative notes that UAE relies on American software (SmartFilter) to
implement its filtering, and points out that UAE's system suffers from
considerable over-blocking that prevents its citizens from accessing a
significant amount of Internet content on a variety of topics. The OpenNet
Initiative tested 8713 URLs in UAE found 1347 (15.4%) URLs of them are
more about the Internet Censorship, Court's decisions and related links
Democracy in UAE:
Democracy and Censorship
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The BCCI Banking Scandal
The chapter on BCCI banking
scandal describes in detail
the heinous crimes UAE did
for every major terrorist
service in the world.
BCCI had fully corrupt
relationships with officials
from countries all over the
world. BCCI's criminality
included fraud involving
billions of dollars; money
laundering in Europe,
Africa, Asia, and the
Americas; support of
terrorism, arms trafficking,
and the sale of nuclear
technologies; management of
prostitution; the commission
and facilitation of income
tax evasion, smuggling,
illegal immigration, illicit
purchases of banks and real
estate, and financial crimes
limited only by the
imagination of its officers.
Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan, the founder of
United Arab Emirates, the
UAE President and Emir of
Abu Dhabi, owned major
shares of BCCI.
The Bank of England shuts
down Bank of Credit and
Commerce International (BCCI),
this bank expedited the
heroin shipments, financed
organizations and laundered
money generated by illicit
drug, arms trafficking and
other illegal activities,
in prostitution. (The
BCCI banking scandal).