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Tunisia free from VOIP restrictions

January 26, 2011 • Top Stories

Online activists helped spur on nationwide protests toppled the Tunisian government

Tunisia’s Secretariat of State of Communications Technologies said in a statement on Monday that the Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is “free from any technical restrictions hindering its use.”
The statement comes after worries that Tunisia was attempting to curtail the free use of such technologies.

The use of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is also free and not subjected to any technical barrier, said the same statement. This decision will end the various forms of control over the content of emails.

Moreover, access to all websites in Tunisia is free, except for sites with indecent content, comprising violent elements or inciting hatred, announced the Secretariat of State for Information Technologies in a communiqué released on Friday.

Earlier this month, online activists helped spur on nationwide protests that saw the government toppled and the president forced to leave the country. International rights groups called on the interim government to ensure that all use of technology existed without hindrance.

According to the government statement an email address (contactàweb@liberte.tn) has been made available for citizens and civil society components for any claim in relation to freedom of expression on the Internet.

By Joseph Mayton

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