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India Imposes Ban on Blogs?

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India Imposes Ban on Blogs? I pose this link as a question because there seems to be a lot of misinformation surrounding this topic with no specific answer from the authorities. The various comments suggest that this ban might be sporadic at best though there definitely is a problem. If you are viewing this blog from India, what are your thoughts?

Can you visit the allegedly banned pages from your ISPs’ connection?

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  1. Ashwin (1 comments.) says:

    It’s good that I use WP. :D

    Yeah, we can’t access sites like Blogspot, Typepad and Geocities.

    The thing is that this is related to the recent Mumbai Blast. There has been growing number of blogs which spread “hatred” and are extremist in nature. But the govt. did it in haste. They should have blocked *somebadblogs*.blogspot.com instead of *userid*.blogspot.com.

  2. Ajay D'Souza (72 comments.) says:

    While there are many claiming and disclaiming the ban, at the end of the day Blogspot and many other blogs have been blocked.

    Faced the problem both at home and at work, so it is definitely not connection related. Have also got reports from others on different connection.

    Sucks!

  3. Amit Gupta (10 comments.) says:

    Well, knowing people having different ISPs, what I can say is that ISPs are more of culprits here than the govt. ISPs were served a list of URLs that were to be blocked & network admins of some ISPs, due to their laziness or incompetency, blocked whole domains instead of blocking several URLs of that domain, which included blogspot.com, typepad.com etc. But as usual, people are blaming govt. for this blanket ban. I’ve learned from a source that the DoT has released the list of URLs which they asked to be blocked to press & that will most probably appear in the newspapers today.

  4. Ajay (72 comments.) says:

    Amit you need to note that at many times it is not possible to block a subdomain e.g. something.blogspot.com
    The end result is that the entire blogspot.com domain got blocked and if it is blocked via the IP address then the entire server gets blocked along with all sites on it.

    This is what the DoT and the Govt. should understand. They should contact Google and get the blog shut down. What’s the point in blocking it in India, when the rest of the world can view it?

  5. Todd (1 comments.) says:

    That’s interesting that they would block these sites. Especially with all the coming trained workers coming from that area.

  6. Shahab (8 comments.) says:

    Ashwin, Govt didnt do it in haste .. ISPs did it in haste .. instead of blocking something.blogspot.com , they blocked blogspot.com .. Anyways, It was working on Mantra and Tata Indicom lines (my office have those two) .. And I didnt know about it untill I read it in bloglines ..

  7. Donna Jones says:

    Found out the reality , Y the Blogs are blocked !

    http://www.indianbloggers.com/.....38;id=2209

  8. Donna Jones says:

    Got the reality !

    Is your blog blobked ?

  9. real.techie (1 comments.) says:

    next door neighbor Pakistan has blocked all blogspot bans and some others due to political pressure as well (though a long time back)

  10. Ajay (39 comments.) says:

    Donna, you can post the direct link to your site, as opposed to cheating the Indian Bloggers Top Site list

  11. Anonymous Indian says:

    you can easily access blogs from india,pakistan and china go to this website http://www.pkblogs.com and enjoy. they block we cloak.

  12. Anonymous Indian says:

    dont they allow to look at blogspot here is a website u can access all blogspot website http://www.pkblogs.com hellaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  13. Sameer (7 comments.) says:

    India’s CERT issued a list of 18 websites (including a few blogs) that were to be blocked by the ISPs due to their ‘potentially inflammatory’ nature. ISPs blocked the standalone websites alright, but when it came to blogs hosted on blogspot and typepad, displayed extreme ineptness and ended up blocking the entire domains (blogspot and typepad).

    But Indian bloggers got organized (http://censorship.wikia.com/wi.....Censorship) and launched a concerted attack on the government and ISPs against this denial of freedom of expression. The intense opposition from bloggers caught the attention of the mainstream media and this story featured prominently on many networks.

    All these protests had the desired effect and finally, yesterday, orders were given to reverse this idiotic step and now ISPs are unblocking the blocked websites.

  14. Jryan (1 comments.) says:

    For the complete list of the 17 banned blogs, with links, you can visit:
    Berkeley Bubble



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