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  • sami ben gharbia 1:47 am on January 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    FreeAccess Plus!: Web 2.0 Censorship workaround 

    This post has been written for Global Voices

    freeaccess.jpgBased on Hamed Saber‘s “Access Flickr” Firefox extension, which enables users to circumvent the filter currently in effect in Iran and in few other countries that block Flickr, the popular photo-sharing website, another Iranian developer, MohammadR, has released “FreeAccess Plus!“, a nifty extension that turns Firefox into a proxy that bypasses censorship on popular Web 2.0 websites such as YouTube, del.icio.us, Flickr, Technorati.com, FriendSter.com, livejournal.com, MySpace, Hi5 and others. Many of those web sites are barred in Iran.

    MohammadR is very satisfied with the response “FreeAccess Plus!” has garnered so far within the Iranian blogsphere. On Balatarin (which means “the highest” in Persian) an Iranian version of Digg, 23 people have voted for a story that praises the FreeAccess Plus! extension as something that is “making miracles” (معجزه میکنید)“.

    “Some major Persian bloggers wrote about this extension before it was made available on “Mozilla Addons” site,” MohammadR told Global Voices Advocacy. “Only during the first week, FreeAccess Plus! has been downloaded 150 times. Now, after about one month from it’s release, it has been downloaded more than 3500 times,” he added.

    MohammadR said that FreeAccess Plus! is very simple to install (see the video tutorial below). “Just go to “https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6139“, and on the bottom of the page, click “Install Now” button. This will pop up a new window where you will be asked to confirm the installation, click again on “Install Now”. Note that you need to restart Firefox before the extension works.”

    Just install the plugin and restart your browser; and Firefox will do the rest! You will be able to access Youtube, Flickr, MySpace and all websites listed on the add-ons page.

    The current version of “FreeAccess Plus!” does not support the option to add websites to those currently listed. MohammedR said, however, that this feature — an editable and configurable list — will be added in a future version of the program.

    MohammedR hops that his “FreeAccess Plus!” plugin will serve his fellow citizens by helping them bypass the censorship that is targeting the social web. “Most of the Iranian bloggers were unhappy about the unreasonable blocking of Web 2.0 and social networking websites” he says.

    P.S: For more information about the web 2.0 censorship and anti-censorship, please refer to our Access Denied Map.

  • sami ben gharbia 3:09 pm on October 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Adding Global Voices Search to FireFox 

    Adding Global Voices Search to FireFox

    If Global Voices is one of your most visited websites -like me- and if you find your self digging in GV archive or using GV search box frequently for specific information -like me- you might be interested in installing Global Voices search engine to your Firefox Search Bar in the upper-right corner. You may use it to save your time, mouse movements and mouse clicks 🙂 Here are the steps:

    1. Click on this link: Install Global Voices Search Engine for Firefox.
    2. Select ‘Global Voices’ from your search engine list in Firefox.
    3. Type and quickly search through Global Voices and locate your desired topic.

    From here you can install the Search Engine Plugins you want (12967 at the last count) for your Firefox browser. And here, you can learn how to create your own Search plugins (for example your own blog Search engine). But the easiest way remains just to use the Add to Search Bar extension that enables you to make any pages’ search functionality available in your Firefox search box.

    You may also think about installing the Organize Search Engines plugin that help you organize them by adding new ones, deleting the unused ones, changing the order and the default search engine.

    • Solana 5:18 pm on October 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      thank you! I just added it

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 10:41 pm on October 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Solana, hope this helps!

    • Mary 6:12 pm on October 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Did you make this it is? It is a very cool idea. It would be even better is it allowed people to search the “Global Voices web” rather than the Global Voices web site alone.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 5:12 pm on October 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Mary,

      yeh I did it. Actually you can find the code and everything you need on Mozdev.org community website.

      What do you mean with the ““Global Voices web”?

    • jeremyclarke 6:19 am on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Sami, seems like it won’t let me install or download the file (/gvfirefox/gv.src gives a 403) with Is this still working? Could you send me the code you had that worked before?

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 2:23 pm on May 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Jer, I will send you this zip file

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