Since its launch, YemenPortal.net experienced steady growth, greater popularity and exposure <ul><li>Feedback was generally positive as the portal did not filter content based on content or affiliation of sources. </li></ul><ul><li>- whether a website was banned in Yemen or not was not taken into consideration when included on YemenPortal.net. All websites with their various affiliations were indexed and included. </li></ul>
Analysis of the database content of YemenPortal.net
Things were going well, until... YemenPortal.net was blocked in Yemen On January 19 th , 2008 A spike!
Most coverage on the demonstration was on the web & very little was reported in mainstream media
Following the ban, there were only three choices: 1) Surrender to government pressure and close down the website, 2) Filter out sources the government does not improve, OR 3) Resistance!
Resistance starts... <ul><li>Solidarity meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Renewing domain promptly </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly updating members and online media with new domain </li></ul><ul><li>Putting up advertisements on websites pointing to new domain </li></ul><ul><li>Starting a public campaign locally, regionally and internationally </li></ul>And started a blog to campaign for freeing YemenPortal.net (freeyemenportal.org)
Resistance goes full-scale <ul><li>A portal that includes the content of all banned Yemeni websites in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a web-based proxy allowing users access to any Yemeni banned website </li></ul><ul><li>Members were kept updated about the new domain and means to reach the banned content </li></ul><ul><li>Stories that appeared on YemenPortal.net were accessible in their original website even if the later was banned (through the internal web-based proxy) </li></ul>
Government meets expectations... and the second domain was also banned...
And it just went on... There must be another way!
Access YemenPortal! (Firefox plug-in) <ul><li>Accessible by email, on multiple open websites </li></ul><ul><li>Applies multiple encryption methods </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted through a network of Yemeni websites </li></ul>
Work in Progress… Road ahead <ul><li>Expanding YemenPortal.net’s outreach and services </li></ul><ul><li>Replicating its example for the Arab world by launching ArabiaPortal.net </li></ul><ul><li>Working on circumvention technologies with global players and other ‘techies’ </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting legal efforts to promote access to information in Yemen and the region </li></ul>