In twist, Chinese company keeps Syria on Internet

Author: Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld [USA], Published on: 22 August 2012

In a somewhat ironic turn of events, a telecom company based in China, a country famous for Internet censorship, has become the primary means of Internet access for people looking to get information out of war-torn Syria. An analysis of Internet traffic flowing into and out of Syria over the past few days, shows that a major portion of it is being routed through Hong Kong-based PCCW, according to Internet monitoring firm Renesys..."With the diminishing role of western carriers, PCCW is left as a primary means for the Syrian people to document the ongoing conflict, such as via timely YouTube videos..."Ultimately, telecommunications bans could prove counterproductive if they end up placing barriers to the free flow of information." [also refers to Level 3, Cogent, Twitter, Facebook]

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