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Internet Porn Now Verboten in Egypt

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My God, will they have to ban Tumblr?

The internet is for porn–unless you live in Egypt. Reuters reports that the nation’s public prosecutor has announced that, in response to a 2009 court ruling, the nation is now required to block pornographic websites.

Somewhere, Rick Santorum just perked up his ears in interest.

Reuters says:

Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud ordered government authorities “to take the necessary measures to block any corrupt or corrupting pornographic pictures or scenes inconsistent with the values ​​and traditions of the Egyptian people and the higher interests of the state.”

Frankly, that could be anything from Kink.com to Victoria’s Secret. And please note that he doesn’t specify what those “necessary measures” are. Presumably the headache that is actual enforcement will fall to the country’s poor telecommunications minister, who recently complained of the technical difficulties in enacting such a ban.

Maybe Mr. Mahmoud should’ve taken a moment to consider the example of America’s war on weed. As the Electronic Freedom Frontier put it in a statement opposing the move, “Censorship circumvention software is about to become very popular in Egypt.”

Just goes to show that government officials making ill-informed policies for the internet knows no borders.

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