In 2020 a report on Spanish censorship on womanonweb.org was published. Upon knowing it, Derechos Digitales asked us to share the knowledge, as they were planning to make a similar one about the blockage of Pikara Magazine in America. This workshop took place online in August 2020 for 4 days over a 2 weeks period, by women, for women.
As a part of feminist assembly at remote CCC, we have reflected on the experience from the process.
Letter from Women On Waves:\
Spain blocks access the website of the women’s rights organisation Women on Web, which provides information about safe abortion services. Independent investigation has shown that website of Women on Web (www.womenonweb.org) has been blocked since the end of January, 2020 for the whole Spanish territory. Women on Web is a non-profit organisation supporting women around the world with information about safe medical abortions since 15 years.
Letter publish 8th july, from Women On Web:\
To the attention of the Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios and CEO’s of the Spanish ISP Vodafone, Telefónica, Orange, Csuc, MÁSMÓVIL y XFERA To whom it may concern:
We are contacting you concerning our recent revelation about the Women on Web website (from now on WOW) being blocked by all primary Spanish internet providers. A technical report prepared by independent experts on this blockade is attached as document.
Since the end of January 2020, the information website on abortion Women on Web is being blocked in Spanish territory. As described in a detailed [technical report]](https://sindominio.net/sincensura/en/post/informe/) published on the 5th of May, several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are blocking the website. In the absence of confirmation from the ISP companies, we can only speculate that this blockade could arise as an initiative of the Ministry of Health, through the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS for its acronym in Spanish).
With this article we would like to raise awareness around the increasing level of web censorship and information control that Spanish Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have initiated. We will share all the technical details about the persistent blocking of the Women on Web website by all major Spanish ISPs.
Authors: Vasilis Ververis, Fadelkon, Ana, Bita, Samba
Blocked website: womenonweb.org
DPI middlebox vendors: Allot, Fortinet
Blocking methodologies: DNS Manipulation, HTTP Blocking, TLS Interception, TCP resets