Thank you all for your support, the hard work paid off and our voices have been heard.
Deviantart.com has been unblocked by Etisalat!
I want to appreciate every single person that took the time to sign the petition and helped us achieve the goal, of having DA accessible to all artists in the "UAE"
Thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and caring attitude.
deviantART is a popular online artistic community. It was first launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff and Matthew Stephens. Angelo Sotira is the CEO.
deviantART aims to provide a place for any artist, photographer, or writer to exhibit and discuss his or her works. It also provides a community of like-minded individuals and is visited by 1.5 million individuals per day who view 35 million pages (per day). The site consists of over 3.5 million users and over 28.5 million submissions as of December, 2006. Submissions to the site grow at a rate of 40,000 per day.
deviantART now displays multiple forms of art and creative expression laid out in an extensive category structure. The artwork on display includes photography, digital art, traditional art, literature and skins for applications. The site also has extensive downloadable resources for use within artworks such as tutorials and stock photography.
On December 2006 "Etisalat" has Officaly blocked DeviantART.
A huge portion of UAE users have made DeviantArt their home, from Traditional Artists to Photographers to Writers.
To those who tried sending a complaint to Etisalat Help Desk got the following reply :
Thank you for contacting us with regards to the blocked web site.
We are extremely sorry for the fact that the site you requested cannot be unblocked.
Once again we thank you for contacting us with your query and looking forward to serving you in the future. For any further clarification please contact eCompany Contact Centre. "
Whether you are an artist or a Lover of art, please put your signature down so we can present this petition to Etisalat asking them to kindly unblock this wonderful art community site for us.
The Unblock DeviantArt. petition to Etisalat was written by Muna Alshamsi and is in the category Internet at GoPetition.