After voice recordings and documents were leaked via Twitter of the Turkish Prime Minister’s inner circle engaging in allegedly corrupt practices, the country was blocked access to Twitter beginning Thursday night at midnight. Users have found a way around this ban by sending in tweets via SMS messaging. Those in Turkey need only text START to 2555 to send out tweets. This isn’t the first time a nation was denied the internet access and freedom of voice. For example, Iran’s government blocked the site in 2009 in fear of the site being used to organize protests. On January 25, 2011, internet access was blocked during the Egyptian Protests.
When engineers from Twitter, Google and the start up company SayNow got together, they combated the block by setting up a system “Speak 2 Tweet,” where users could dial a number and leave a voicemail message with the hashtag #Egypt. Then, when others called dialed in the same number, they could listen to other tweets sent out as well, and if users had internet access, they could listen to the tweets online at twitter.com/speak2tweet. There may always be opposition to the internet as it leaves little room for secrets. Nations guarding either their people from opposing national values- like South Korea is- or nations afraid of the rest of the world finding out about what is happening within the country’s borders are all being trumped with the ever-present power of the internet. It is clearly now more than ever, inescapable.
Article by Stephanie F.