These are the things you should look for;
Website – Normally your first contact with a potential provider is its website, does it give you a complete synopsis of the resort and the services rendered? Do they cover up lack of information with many photos and no substance? Are the FAQ’s informative and cover most basic questions?
Management – How long have they been in business and what is the experience of management? Always send a question to packager and see how long it takes them to get back to you; this is a good indicator of their overall service.
Location – Is the resort location in a democratic, stable and friendly country, Cuba and Venezuela are not. How long it will take you to get to actual resort after you land at the primary destination (some resorts require a night in hotel before reaching resort by a second flight or land carrier due to its distance from the airport? Costa Rica requires this. Thailand has a very unstable government with an erratic leader and difficult to get to. prostitution legal in the country? The Dominican allows prostitution and has a very stable democratic government.
Package – Be sure you know what the package includes. Are there any extra charges? What do you want it to include? Do you get a variety of package and accommodations?
All-Inclusive vs. Flexibility – Do you want the flexibility of your own apartment, hotel or all inclusive beachfront villa?
Food – Are you happy eating at the same location from a set menu or buffet with the same people or would you prefer eating you meals in different restaurants with an unlimited variety of foods, chefs, locations within walking distance?
Girls – If full-time girls (companions, escorts, tour guides) are the provided and shown on the website are they real or are they “representative”? Are they available when you will be there? Do they just show groups of girls or website visitors get to see individual girls that are currently there?
Choosing Girls – Does the website explain completely how you choose your companions? Do you need to compete with other guests for the companion of your choice? Would you rather choose your companions from over 25 girls in advance with the flexibility of trading out every day with no “bidding” or competition? Do you want to see the girl you will be with that night waking up that same morning with another guest? Do you want to see her during the next day with the guest she is going to be with the next night? If you want a girl you really enjoyed leave you because she is reserved by someone else?
Change Out – Is there any charge to change girls, do you have to pay for transport of new girls, how long does it take to get new girl? Costa Rica is infamous for this tactic since all resorts are at 3 – 6 hours away.
Accommodations – What are your accommodations and your specific room/apartment? Keep in mind that although you spend a good portion of the day outdoors, you do spend a considerable amount of time and more intimate moments in your room/apartment.
Air Travel – Check travel schedules carefully. Do you really want to arrive in the late evening when you have been traveling all day? This is a night wasted.
Things to Do – Discos, gambling, tours, water sports, are they available and how far are they from your accommodations.
Price – All adult service providers whether they be in-inclusive villas, apartments with full-time escort(s) or “call girls” at your resort supply the same basic service. Compare prices carefully, do you want to pay top dollar for basically the same thing?
Deposit – Do you want to send a 25% deposit ($1000 – $2000) to an unknown resort or send $250 deposit? Best Dominican Adult Vacation deposit is $250.
Help – Do you have a full-time concierge and local phone to reach him 24 hours a day in case of an emergency or just an important question?
Villa / Apartment / Call Girl? – Can your chosen provider give you a complete menu of superb and economical services with equal terrific customer service and facilities?
Forums – Although some forums give you a fair review be very skeptical as many owners create their own forum letters. Most guests that go to these type resorts do not write to forums and keep their visits very private.
Questions – Make sure when you send questions or requests the answer is addressed directly and not “glossed over” which stock platitudes or vague responses.
A stooge, in magical terms, is someone pretending to be a audience member, but who is actually “in on the secret” and is secretly helping the magician perform various effects that range from mentalism to “normal” illusions. The use of a stooge is often thought of when magicians perform impossible effects on television or theatre performances, however, stooges aren’t just limited to TV – they can be used in table-hopping environments, small parties and even informal gatherings. Stooges are used for a variety of effects, and this article will explain a few of them.
While all eyes are on the magician, a stooge can subtly remove objects in order to make them disappear. In one such effect, the magician places a genuine spectator’s ring under a napkin and holds it from outside the napkin. He then lets various spectators feel under the napkin to confirm the ring is still there, and then very fairly wraps the ring with the napkin. After suitable dramatics, the ring has vanished and reappeared in some bizarre object next to the spectator.
How is this done? Simple – the last spectator to feel the ring is actually a stooge. Instead of just checking the ring is still under the napkin, the stooge takes the ring and conceals it in his hand (known as palming) before confirming that the ring is still there. The magician then keeps the audience’s attention while the stooge can place the ring in an impossible location.
There are literally thousands of mentalism (i.e. mind-reading) effects that can be made even more powerful with the use of a stooge. Imagine a magician, in an informal situation, asks one spectator to select any object in the room while the magician is out of the room; when he returns, he is able to “sense” the object and finally picks the chosen object – all thanks to secret communication with the stooge. Alternatively, a spectator may totally freely select a card from a deck of cards the magician never touches yet the magician is able to instantly (or after sufficient dramatic strain) reveal the chosen card.
This secret communication usually involves some kind of physical contact (usually under a table), visual cues (subtle nodding, pointing etc.), or in larger situations, audible prompts; all of which must be used with care to prevent detection. A new addition to the magic market is “Mobile Stooge” which turns your mobile phone into a totally undetectable way for a stooge and magician to communicate with each other with no physical, audible or visual cues – the magician can even be in a different room to the stooge. This has allowed for some more exciting, adventurous effects to be created.
Perhaps the least used, false inspections allow the magician to use a gimmicked device (i.e. something that appears normal but any real inspection will reveal that the object has been altered), have it inspected (by the stooge) so that the audience will believe the object is totally normal. This allows the magician to get away with murder!
Stooges aren’t just used for magic – less honest people may use very similar techniques while playing games or even gambling in order to beat the house, and have even been used in television competitions such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (where an audience member coughed at certain points – if only they were using Mobile Stooge!)
In addition to getting plenty of useful information on the Net there are fun and interesting things you can do. If you have been thinking of engaging in online competitions then you can check out useful sites that allow you to win all sorts of prizes. These vary from cash to merchandise you can actually use.
A good idea is to find out authentic sites that provide genuine play and win games. The internet is full of all kinds of scams and you are sure to find some here. Only spend your time on sites that guarantee you prizes after participating in a competition.
This site allows you to check out online competitions available. There are sites that allow you to play and win free of charge. You might need to pay a little amount on some forums. However it is advisable not to pay until you are sure that you are making payment to an authentic site.
You can take your time and check out other resources such as skill gaming blogs. In this way you get to know the hottest games in town. You also learn of other useful resources you can use to improve your skill when playing. With constant and regular updates carried out every day you can find games you are sure to enjoy.
A good idea is to check gaming sites regularly. In this way you are assured of not missing out on some games you might want to participate to win some of the prizes.
Another tip to use is to join or take part in skill gaming forums. You can bookmark such pages on your computer. This allows you to get fast access to the site. You can quickly go through recent stuff posted online. You also find free advice available on such forums from other users. This allows you to collect useful points you can use while playing particular games.
A good idea is to also check out online competition games when you are not so busy. Simply take your time and slowly go through what is available. Make time every week to exhaustively go through some of the cash games. You might get something interesting you missed while doing your daily checks.
You can also check out offers available on play and win forums from time to time. You benefit by getting free stuff that you could have paid quite an amount of cash for. Do not hesitate to play if you like the prize being offered. If lucky you can get quite a number of interesting items that you like.
The benefit of participating in online competitions is that it acts as a relaxation activity. There is a real chance of winning some of the prizes which can save you some money.
Why becomes a soccer bettor one may ask? Where it is considered a negative occupation where it is often regarded as non productive, immoral behaviour. well as for every other thing everything there is the pros n cons.if you able to use it to your advantage it could be becomes your full-time occupation or a second income. morever, soccer betting is a big thriving business where it is prevalent throughout the worldBy the use of statistics, experience and practice, an astute gambler can consistently beat the posted odds .however to do so one must behave in a manner consistent with success. one thing a successful bettor must do is to continually learn.
There is no single method that is considers the best method, everyones tackles the soccer problem differently,one thing for sure is the harder one works intelligently and practically and the more experience he has the more positive results he will realised.
The use of statistic to help the bettor to determine his picks. It should be noted that statistic are fundemental but its how they are used that makes the difference between winning and losing. however if everyone comes to the same conclusions the oddsmaker could still eliminate any advantages by adjusting the line to keep everyone guessing. either way it is to the bookies advantage.
After yrs of handicapping the sub-conscious mind help the bettor to finalise his picks. when he starts to win the bettor will get carried away however if his results turns negative his emotions and his mind will short virtually making the bettor ineffective. it is extremely important the bettor at this time knows to hold back and observe for his form to pick up before betting again.
It should be noted that the best trends are those that are unique, valid and relatively unknown. any seasoned soccer bettor knows that once the trend becomes too popular the linesmen will adjust the line to leave people lost. when using trends you should notice whether it is getting stronger and weaker?
Definition-the amount of money you set aside for betting and not hose for paying bills, groceries or money even when lost would not cause much unbalance in the bettors life.
How much to bet per game?
I would suggest 5% of your bankroll to be used for betting and not to bet more than 3 matches per day, reason because its very difficult to pick winners for every match and the most likely results are you will have a few winners and a few losers resulting in minimal bankroll growth which is the most likely results or worse lose all the bets which is highly possible. Another very important reason for this is you are able to gauage more accurately how much you will lose should you indeed lose.
To begin with, one must understands what he is up against, there is no method or systems that could contiunues to win every game , everyday, every week , month or year. good consistent handicapping means selecting more winners than losers. in order to be a successful bettor one must give lots of thoughts to why is the results this way ?and is there any reason behind it. when you manage to reveal the meaning behind it it is the time you feed back on the fat cow(bookmaker).
I have seen a great prevalence use of soccer forums where soccer bettors post their picks. it is often noted that a lot of beginners try to note down those tipsters who is in hot form meaning those posting the corrects picks and then bet big following them .i strongly discourage people from doing so cause they were betting their hard earn money on people whom they never even meet or know and blindly follows theirs picks .this is very unhealthy why? cause the bettors himself have failed to come out with his own picks ,where he could be learning from his own mistakes and who knows those that are in the forum might be bookies themselves posting picks to lure the ignorant ones to be hooked.
Getting prepared mentally
One should be prepared mentally for losing and winnings cause either way it would lead to what I call a gambling syndrome. when the bettors keeps winnings he will be feeling over the moon during his hot streats and starts spending money like he is a king overnite however once he starts hitting the rough patch he will be losing sleeps if he bet a very substantial amount or can’t concentrate in his work. this is very unhealthy and how to curb this problem?By following a systematic money-management programs.
Is it possible to strike rich in a very short period say 1 month? It is possible for a soccer bettor to strike rich but that is provided he is extremely lucky during that month and makes more than 60% corrects picks and of those correct picks are those he bets bigs and the remainder 40% lossess are those he bets small. however one knows that what goes up must come down and the winners are those who are able to tide over the rough patch and then starts winning back when his form is back
Is it important to know all about the soccer team , soccer players statistic n does that makes me a better soccer better?
The answer is no cause soccer betting arena is a place where the booksmakers earns their money if by knowing every details could make you rich then all the soccer writers, soccer magazines editors are the ones who are driving big cars and living in big houses.
What makes a true soccer bettor an expert?
The ability to convert a given bankroll into profits based on practical bankroll management program and against some standard of odds and over a large number of games and over a period of time.
How to become a true soccer expert?
1. He should keep a record of all that days opening odds and closing odds. 2. print out the each respective wide table. 3. Write down the score 4. reason why the results to be this way and is there any trends. of course in order to look for particular trends you need soccer records. 5. keep meticulous and honest records of his play decisions and their results. this will teach him his strength and weakness. 6. learn how to bet on his own handicapping in order to realize the greatest profit. he then must discipline his action and play in respect of this plan in order to get the best results. 7. learn how to tackle his emotions as well as personal problems out of his decisions. if this becomes too difficult he should stop playing. 8. be constantly on the alert to make changes to his handicapping methods and techniques. 9. set up a plan of action for bankroll management and stick diligently to it.
Does soccer betting involves luck?
Answer: no, cause soccer results is preplanned meaning before the matches starts the results is already out. If you have been betting soccer for a period of time and keeping soccer records deligiently you would have discovered a trend and realized that its a cycle.
So which leagues are you gd in?
for each people they they dwell in different leagues for me I specialize in only 4 leagues namely EPL, Italy serieA , Spanish primera and german bundesliga.
How to tackle soccer cups and normal weekend domestic league?
There are lots of soccer matches throughout the soccer season and the techniques involves in dealing with different matches differs differently and at different timing of the season.
Does the bookmaker lose money?
ANS : yes there are times but seldom. bookmakers lose money then the strong team win throughout the tournamnet eg euro2000 but that is short-term loss.They will continues to win the soccer punters money as long as there are soccer matches. Why? Cause there will be different opionions from different soccer punters just the vigourish/water money alone is able to cover their losses and that is excluding fixed match where they win even more. Another useful tool they are armed with is they understands that all gamblers have a common weakness. They bet bigger and bigger when winning and bets even bigger to chase their loss when losing.in either case it is to the bookmakers edge.
Contary to the belief of many where they think they are winning the bookmakers money , it is the other soccer punters ie, their friend’s money whom they are winning.the only way to bust the bookmaker/bookies is not to bet or share part of the pie the bookmaker is having.
There are namely a few more popular ones are uefa cup, uefa champions league, league cup, fa cup, worthington cup, international friendlies, Italian cup, Spanish cup.
Why is it important to do a form analysis on oneself?
It is because people when they are in a winning streats they tend to win more frequent cause I find that it got to do with ones confidence level. they becomes not afraid to lose and I believes that if one believe in himself strongly he will perform much better than one who is afraid of losing.
Overview- When you do keep records you could trace your own form and make adjustment from there.
Flat betting strategy
This is the strategy I use when I am determining which way my form is going. up or down. Another reason to test out new leagues where I’m unfamiliar.
PROS – this strategy would produce a even amt of risk for money wagered but however if you are able to pick on the right team you could earn a average profit, CONS -but due to the water money and the increase in the no.of bets before you could see a tidy handsome profit this will constitue to be the downside.
Progressive betting strategy
I adopt the progressive betting strategy method which is to multiply my previous winnings by 0.5 and use it for the next bet which is the strategy I adopt when my form are good.ie when 3 or more wins consecutively. Reason why? There is a Chinese saying “hit the iron while its hot” which I find it to be very true cause there are many opportunities in soccerbetting where if you are able to recognize it and bet bigger than usual, PROS- there is a potential higher return rate then if you flat bet.CONS-when you do adjust your bet amt you are relatively exposing yourself to more risk this is the tradeoff where you could lose potentially more.
Reduced betting strategy
When do you adopt this is when you have been picking the wrong team all the time example say 3 straight lose which is very common caused I realized that this is the time where people starts to bet big to chase their loss. this is very wrong caused when one is down on luck or the bookmaker has adjusted the line to confuse the bettor they should stay calm n reduced their bets or not bet at all.PROS- reduced money lost and try to minimize serious damage to original bankroll.CONS-if the picks do win you could not cover back your previous loss due to reduction in wager.this is the trade-off.
Why is it important to find the right time frame before u bet and does it make a difference?
It is important because if now you are in a losing streats it is best to control oneself before you jump into it and wack hard to chase back your lossess most likely you will lose .it is best to make own prediction first and see if your form is back if it is slowly getting back now is time to jump in cause once you run out of bullets during your losing streats it is very difficult to fight back.
One of my friends had sex on a bus and she told me all about it. Here’s her story about wild orgasms and female ejaculations! I think everyone should try it.
Apparently she had been gambling in Vegas and decided to come back (and I mean come back) on a bus. She was down there with her friends and they thought it would be fun to ride the bus back.
When she got on the bus a handsome stranger helped her put her small bag above and she decided she liked him. He was ruggedly built, had a great smile, and was very polite.
She decided to sit next to him and soon they were laughing and acting like old friends. Once he got to know her he asked her what was the most exciting thing she’d ever done. She replied that she hadn’t done it yet but maybe would on the bus ride today. He knew how to get to her head and therefore, her body.
Tip #1. If you’re trying to get to a woman’s body then get to her head first. How do you do that? You communicate with her. Communication is one of women’s top 5 needs. For some women, that don’t get much adult communication, it is their #1 need.
They decided to do it – have sex on the bus. How did they get away with it without being arrested? Check out their clever little tactic.
Tip #2. If you’re trying to have sex in a public place, and perhaps a common carrier like a bus, then you better create a diversion.
The handsome stranger picked out a rough-looking guy and whispered in his ear. The guy agreed and held out his hand. The stranger gave him a $100 bill.
At that point, the rough-looking guy stood up in his seat and started yelling “the bus stinks.” He kept it up until finally the bus driver pulled over, walked back to the guy and asked him what his problem was.
The guy told him that the bus stunk in the front, like there were ripe diapers. The bus driver went up and down the aisle and almost everyone in the bus were complaining and standing up looking at the front.
In the meantime, the couple were in the bathroom having sex. Nobody was paying attention to them because of the commotion up front.
After ten minutes, they leisurely strolled up to the front with wide grins on their face. Nobody paid any attention to them.
Tip #3. The reason for their wide smiles is because they both had a great time (many great orgasms). The tip is if you’re going to do something dangerous that might wind you up in jail you better back up your words. This is no time for bragging without backing it up.
The stranger made sure that she had great orgasms by knowing her anatomy and her sexual physiology.
There are at least three things that any man must know about giving women orgasms:
1. Tease her clit lightly and with an intermittent action. In other words, don’t put a lot of pressure on it and don’t keep the action up steadily.
2. Use firm pressure on the g-spot. It is located 2 inches inside the lady, just past the pubic bone. Two fingers inside seems to be what most women respond best with.
3. Use combinations. It is difficult to coordinate this, but well worth it. You must use a steady, firm pressure with your two fingers while you’re using an intermittent, light touch with your thumb. It takes some practice but she will appreciate it.
The next time you take a bus trip look around to see if any couples are heading to the bathroom.
The social websites seem to have taken over the entire Internet. Everywhere you go, you see popular web 2.0 applications being released. Some of these apps are for business, some for leisure and entertainment, and some are just plain useless. But mostly, the great applications eventually rise to the top.
Games on social websites like MySpace are gaining in popularity very quickly. Online games have always been very popular in the gaming industry. On the Internet, you quickly learn whether the game has what it takes to be a great game or not. If it spreads quickly through word of mouth, you know you have a winner. But if it sizzles and dies off quietly, perhaps it’s time to move on.
When you visit a website like MySpace and join as a member, you find that there are numerous games that you can install. Hammerfall is one of the latest addition.
Hammerfall is an RPG social game. Like many other RPG games, you start as a basic character. Your character has health, stamina, energy, power (attack strength), and toughness (defense). As you battle and perform quests during game play, your health, energy, and stamina will decrease. Unlike many RPG games, Hammerfall regenerates your stats passively. This makes the game play more challenging and interesting. In other words, you have to be very carefully about the choices you make. Every time you decide to use your resources, you will have to think about how you can maintain a balance that will allow you to cope with other problems that may arise.
A game on MySpace is unlike a RPG game that is powered by the latest 3D engine. Most of the game play happens in text format. But you do get a visual representation of the game, in the form of a map and imagery. From the visual map, you can quickly see where you are starting out from, and where you are headed.
As you overcome the quests in the game, the story starts to unfold. You start out in a little island called Summervale, which is part of the Kalamar Empire. For reasons that very few know about, the Kalamar Empire is infested with roaming orcs and goblins. You and your friends, starting from Summervale, will fight the monsters and other bosses. Hopefully, you get to the point where you learn what the reasons are.
The bosses are yet another attraction for the Hammerfall game. Usually, for RPG games on a social platform, the battle result is always generated automatically by the game. This result is based on the stats of the boss and your character when the fight takes place. The outcome is determined by a formula. In Hammerfall, you can actually influence the outcome while the fight is in progress. In other words, fighting the bosses is a more interactive process.
To date, the game has over 4,000 reviews from enthusiastic gamers. With such a huge amount of feedback, the developers will have lots of ground to cover. As Hammerfall develops, it is set to be a winner if the developers listen hard enough.
Dungeons and Dragons is an abomination. In both term and action it has choked the birth of emerging art forms, making it nearly impossible for interactive storytelling to move beyond its infancy into the realm of being a mature and accepted art form.
The game itself is quite brilliant. There are a complex series of rules, which are used to create a fairly realistic imagined setting, one which is flexible enough that others can easily participate in controlling the direction in which the story goes.
The problem is that it is inherently exclusionary. To participate you have to undergo a relatively complex character creation process, with dozens of options available, and a variety of numeric choices to make which can boggle the mind of anyone who wants to be just a casual player.
Even if the character is made for you (removing any choice you have in its outcome) you still have to participate in a game with rules that govern almost every action. Looking at statistics written down on a character sheet, you have to numerically determine if it’s a smart decision to try and climb that wall. This isn’t Candy Land, this game is hard.
This can sap the creativity and fun from the game for all but the most number nimble participants.
In a lot of ways it’s like playing poker, except you have to go through an elaborate application process to get into a game, and then when your there, everyone’s using monopoly money.
Another major problem with the game is that it’s difficult to engage an audience. People don’t want to expand the effort to imagine that four guys rolling dice are really brave adventurers marching through and ancient castle. It doesn’t translate well to an audience, and so acquiring people to play, is a process of convincing them to go through the elaborate setup process, and then learn the rules.
LARP’ing, is a kind of roleplaying, similar to D&D, except people dress up in costumes and actually go out into the real world as the imaginary characters in the game. Unfortunately even this has not managed to find a way to create work which can engage and interest an audience.
However, the fact that it’s a difficult, exclusionary, waste of time doesn’t make D&D bad. Every hobby is like that, and spending your time collecting stamps has no more social value than exploring a cavern with your elven friends.
The problem with D&D is that it is hiding a much more potent and powerful art form behind its complicated trappings. Interactive storytelling, live action plays, real time, fictional creation, these are the cutting edge art forms which are just now emerging from the dark age of dice.
In chat rooms, forums, and on social networks we are seeing real stories being written, by multiple authors, sometimes hundreds of people all working to tell the best tale possible. These stories are being merged with photos and pictures which are being created to help bring these interactive worlds to life.
As the technology gets better, were seeing video and animation being integrated into this as well. Slowly Hollywood is merging with the box on your desk. As the future approaches, we will see movies that we create, populated by a cast of thousands, each one behind a camera, a screen, or a pen, adding their own personality to the living novels that are being born.
Unfortunately, D&D is no longer helping this process. It may have started as a way to get people to think about stories in an interactive way, but it has since turned into a demeaning and debilitating word. The inherent self indulgence of it stems from the fact that it’s a game. However as people are starting to open their eyes, their seeing that the act of role playing is more than a game, it’s a form of expression, it’s an emerging art.
Video gameplay generally falls into two categories: single-player gaming and MMOGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Games.) Single player gaming is the most traditional form of gaming and what most people remember during their childhood. Single player games are simply that; a game in which a single person can play through levels to completion. MMOGs, on the other hand, are video games that rely on a massive multiplayer experience that is facilitated through internet connections. Multiplayer games have multiple levels, ranking systems, and obstacles for players to navigate through either on their own or in a team. There are pros and cons to MMOGs, but it is safe to say it is currently the leading form of gameplay and revered by millions upon millions of gamers across the globe.
MMOGs Pros And Cons!
The online gaming community is constantly and continuously growing. With more internet connections being established every day the gaming community is only growing stronger. Online gaming provides players with an arena in which to prove their skills, improve their gaming capabilities and it also provides an outlet for social activity. The online community works, in some ways, like a circle of friends, with connections between people across the globe being made every day. MMOGs gameplay also allows players to spend less to garner entertainment. For a flat fee of about $50 per game, and the cost of an established internet connection players are given countless hours of gameplay. Unlike traditional, single-player games multiplayer games can be accessed over and over again.
As the online community and technology grows stronger games are becoming more and more advanced and lengthening the amount of gameplay that is available. Single-player games, on the other hand, have a point of completion. The lack of replay value on a single player game makes the experience much more expensive than one would find on a MMOGs platform.
The online gaming community is tightly knit, but that also means there is a lot of talking that goes on during online gaming sessions. MMOGs are notorious for having issues with “smack” talk and players getting a bit too riled up. There is also a very competitive nature in multiplayer online games that just don’t exist within single player games. The competitiveness of online games also can lead to video game addictions that can quickly take control of a person’s life. Traditional games tend to have a lower instance of addiction as they don’t feed into the need to be competitive and they do not fulfill the social aspect that multiplayer games do.
Our Conclusion On MMOGs VS Single-Player Games!
Both traditional single-player games and massive MMOGs have pros and cons attributed to them. Both gaming platforms afford players an outlet for their boredom and a sense of fulfillment as they work through levels and create a presence for themselves in game. The differences truly come down to a players preferred method of playing. The MMOGs forum, however, allows players to truly connect with other, like-minded people, and gives players a much larger platform on which to explore their gaming style and preferences.
Many countries engage in some form of internet censorship, whether it is in the form of banning an online community or a full-blown censoring of popular websites such as YouTube or Wikipedia. Internet censorship is defined as “control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet.” Countries vary in how strict or lax the control is over the Internet, but even the most lax countries still target certain websites such as religion-related sites or social networking sites, and ban them accordingly. The censoring of the Internet has brought about different resources for accessing restricted sites, mainly in the form of circumventors, such as anonymous proxy servers.
In 2006, Reporters without Borders published a list of 13 Enemies of the Internet including: Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. These countries practice the most extreme form of Internet censorship and often retaliate against citizens who violate censorship laws. The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) also uses a classification system and categorizes countries as pervasive, substantial, nominal, and watchlist. Pervasive includes countries that practice the most extreme cases of censorship, especially banning websites with political content. Many of the Internet users can be certain to face imprisonment for even visiting these websites. A partial list of nations in this category includes: Iran, Burma, and China. Substantial includes countries such as: South Korea, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. Nominal countries include: Australia, Canada, and India. Watchlist countries include: Morocco, Norway and Russia.
Another method for classification is based on what content is blocked by certain countries. Websites classified as “political” include content that strays from the political view of the government. This category also includes human rights, religion, or other social causes that restrictive governments attempt to control. “Social” sites are related to sexuality, gambling, drugs and other subjects that could be deemed as “offensive” by a nation. The “conflict/security” category focuses on sites that relate to wars/skirmishes, dissent, or other types of conflicts. The “internet tools” classification includes websites used to circumvent censorship, anonymous proxy surfing, language translation websites, or sites that promote the use of Instant Messaging or E-mail services. Countries may block some or all of these types of websites, depending on the content and the strictness of the regime.
Aside from restrictive governments, many companies censor and monitor the Internet in their offices. Most websites are blocked that are considered leisure, and not related to the employees’ working environment. IT departments may block certain domains or track the Internet usage because employees have no reason to be using certain websites during office hours. Again, circumventors and other such software can be used to gain access to blocked websites, but IT departments are quick to act so that they can stop the more popular proxy sites from being used.
Internet censoring also comes in other forms such as portal censorship or online community moderation. Portal censoring is basically when a portal, such as of Google, excludes websites that would, under normal circumstances, be included in a search. The portals may censor sites for a number of different reasons, particularly when required by law. The censored sites are basically hidden and made invisible to an average user. The other from of censorship comes from moderators or administrators of online communities blocking content that they feel should not be posted in their forums, or that do not follow the forum’s rules and guidelines.
While governments and businesses are restricting the way people use the Internet, new methods are always being created to circumvent restrictions and gain access to censored websites. With many restrictive governments using imprisonment as a method to implement censorship, it is becoming more important to be able to circumvent the censors. A popular method for circumventing blocks is The Onion Router, also known as TOR. This service allows users to stay invisible against traffic analysis by bouncing the network connection over various gateways around the world. Users do not have direct access to the site they visit, instead they are sent through a series of connections, called relays. The relays are individually encrypted and sent along to the next gateway until it reaches the exit node and the user can then see the website that was requested. A third method for circumventing blocks is Java Anon Proxy, commonly referred to as JAP, which allows users to choose which network, run by independent organizations, to surf through. Once chosen, the data stream is scrambled and mixed with other users’ data streams so that anyone trying to steal or restrict the data flow is confused by the muddled stream they see. Psiphon software was directly created to circumvent the tight Internet censorship of countries such as China and Cuba. The traffic between clients and servers is encrypted as the data is being transferred. Users in countries with tight censorship can log in and send a request to a server located in another country to gain access to blocked websites. Another method called sneakernets allows people to transfer electronic data, such as computer files, by manually carrying them on portable storage devices, such as USB drives or CDs. This method could also be used in conjunction with other methods, since the encrypted data can be sent as usual but the encryption keys could be delivered by sneakernet. Regardless of government restrictions and censorship, this data can be moved freely since it does not travel over a network at all. One of the most popular methods to access censored content is by using anonymous proxy servers. These are usually the easiest to find and use, since they can be found in abundance by doing a simple Google or Yahoo search. Anonymous surfing software and websites allow a user to hide their IP address and surf freely. A good proxy will also encrypt your connection so that anyone trying to spy on the flow of data will not be able to see what is being sent and received.
Internet censorship varies in seriousness depending on the country or business, but ultimately a user’s privacy rights are being taken away by tight controls over Internet usage. Many different services are available to help a user take back their privacy and avoid being censored or spied on by restrictive agencies. A user should always be familiar with their surroundings and know how extreme or lax the Internet usage policies are before implementing any of the anonymous surfing services. Policies will be different and range dramatically depending on location so knowing the environment is important to staying protected while surfing the Internet.