Brussels, 23 July 2012 — The European Commission blocks TOR users’ access to its web site. TOR is an internet anonymisation technology and became widely popular for its facilitating role in the Arab spring movement.
“This is ironic, the Commission is conducting a public consultation on net neutrality, and they already censor a part of the internet to access their site”, finds FFII President Benjamin Henrion. He was troubled by the issue when he tried to access the consultation website from European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
“The European Commission is seeking answers to questions on specific aspects of transparency, traffic management and switching in an Open Internet”, the website says. But TOR users receive a less inviting message: “Network Error (gateway_error) Server overloaded. The gateway may be temporarily unavailable, or there could be a network problem.”
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