blogspot, typepad and geocities banned in india


This is crazy !

More here

I can’t access blogspot, typepad and geocities from my airtel connections at home.

Update: Commentator Rajiv says that it’s probably because terrorist group SIMI was using blogs to communicate. As he says…the approach is quite illogical.

I’m sure that if the government co-opts bloggers such blogs could be sniffed out quite easily with our desi-bloggers. Some of them are quite amazing cyber-sleuths. But with this clumsy ban, the government will have to spend energy trying to bluff the Indian blogosphere which could be better utilized going after the real culprits.

Update 2:

A replay of 2003?…that was when the Govt of India (GOI) banned “yahoogroups” 3 years ago. What they had asked the ISPs then was to block one yahoogroup “kynhun”, but since you can’t block one single yahoogroup, the ISPs blocked all the yahoogroups !

From the Financial Express article Blogs, websites go blank:

ISPs are believed to have been asked to block sites like bloodspot.com, hinduhumanrights.org, hinduuni-ty.org and clickatell.com, besides frontline blogs like the Google-owned . Deepak Maheshwari, secretary of ISP Association of India \n said: “We have received a letter from DoT, asking us to block around 18 \n URLs.” \nThough the communication, dated July 13, by \n the telcom department to ISPs lists specific pages/ websites, several ISPs \n have blocked all blogs because they were not equipped to filter specific \n pages. This could be because all websites hosted on blogspot.com, for \n instance, have the same IP address. \n\n

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About Gautam

Gautam is a HR professional interested in how emerging technologies are impacting work, careers and organizations.

Posted on July 18, 2006, in blogging, india, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

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  2. Sorry for the wrong link above but since this has to do with the after effects of the bomb blasts, you may want to have a look at this:-

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  3. God knows what the justification is to curb the freedom of the individual like this. Supposing a politician had a veted interest tommorow and resorts to this can it be allowed? One hopes the govt gives a plausable expplanation.

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