|United Arab Emirates:
Popular music website blocked
|MySpace.com – rated as the third most popular website in the world – has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates, causing many grievances amongst Dubai’s internet savvy, reports the Dubai newspaper 7 Days
MySpace.com is an interactive website which offers a user-submitted network of band and artist profiles, including their photos and blogs as well as free examples of their music. It has been instrumental in marketing art and music among young people. Some bands have even been signed to record companies thanks to the exposure this site allowed them.
Time magazine says MySpace.com is among the 50 coolest websites of the year. According to the magazine, MySpace.com is: “The place where web stars are born, music and film careers are launched, and some single people manage to find mates.” MySpace.com now has 100 million registered users worldwide, including thousands in the United Arab Emirates.
7 Days writes:
The newspaper quotes Hamed as saying:
Hamed says that if a site is found to offend, blocking it outright is not always the answer. The solution, he suggests, is not censorship, but education. Otherwise United Arab Emirates is in danger of being left behind in the creativity stakes.
7 Days – 15 August 2006:
‘Does blocking the web block creativity?’
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