Blocks Happen in Various Ways
There are many reasons why we may be prevented access to certain internet resources or even connected applications. When this happens, many of us are none the wiser.
If we’re lucky, we may be shown a notice telling us why we’ve been prevented from reaching the intended site. This usually takes the form of a short message saying the site has been blocked, by whom, and the reason why.
Other blocks such as the ones streaming services use, often are crouched in much more archaic language.
For example, Netflix likes to display Error Code M7111-1331-5059 or something similar. If you’re lucky, it will tell you why in a few short words.
And finally, you may also just not be able to load the page – with no rhyme or reason given.
Unblocking Websites and Your Digital Rights
The reason why we are blocked from some web resources can vary greatly from country to country. In the United Arab Emirates for example, blocks are often placed on sites for offering views contrary to the country’s core religious beliefs.
In Malaysia and Singapore, blocks are carried out for reasons. Sites that may be blocked include those with political aspirations, pornographic content, extremist religious content, and more. China on the other hand, heavily censors the Internet to prevent access to any information or avenue of discussion that opposes the ruling (and only) political body.
On a more commercial level, streaming services want us to stick to content which they allow us to access. It doesn’t matter if we all pay the same price – some locations just get better stuff than others.
Self-censorship is Our Right
As you might realize by this point, most of these blocks happen without our knowledge or consent in general. While we may not all have the same freedoms, the right to information should be free.
This is especially true given how many countries make use of blocks to simply remain in power or impose one-sided views on the people. Without access to the complete picture, how can we, as individuals, know if we’re making the right choices?
To prevent blocks from restricting your rights, Hide and Seek aims to help you learn how to overcome them.