Sunday, June 17, 2007

Is Qtel a bit simple?

I've been banned from QatarLiving. I'm sure the ban wasn't intentional, but I've been banned nonetheless. This morning, it was obvious that QatarLiving discussions were being attacked by someone with the intent of disruption. There was some speculation about who was responsible. Eventually, someone at the website banned the IP address of the attacker.

Unfortunately, Qtel employs a few Internet filters, and everyone behind a particular filter has the same public IP address. Thus, a system which is meant to make the web safer for Qatar's surfers has rendered one of the most popular discussion sites in Qatar completely inaccessible. This has happened before, of course. At the beginning of the year, Wikipedia saw a fair amount of abuse coming from a single IP address, and blocked the entire country from anonymous posting. It's not as if people don't know a solution to these problems - it's just that no one at Qtel is willing to make the fix.

Setting up a decent filtering proxy should be trivial, but Qtel's implementation masks users' true IP addresses from the sites they visit, and restricts the ability of site operators to punish abusers. How simple is Qtel? I'd say it's plain stupid.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey man, keep it up. qtel has found new way to ripoff the peopls here. may be you know about it, the new shahry pack free minutes to call abroad. hundreds of thousand people have taken this plan and got shocking bills. when they contact qtel official they bring another terms and condition but they never mentioned it before or still not printed in their advertisements and even funny is that the agents they even dont know. when they get unwanted bills they direct victims toward their supervisor. then the new story from him. none of them tells the truth and poor peoples are being victim. pls do some thing to solve this and increase public awareness. for your information i am also the one of the victim. thanks