Blog-bandh?

What is the issue all about?

We expect our Government to do a lot of things – But not Ban Blogs. That too Because a Bunch of terrorists exchanged messages on some God forsaken private Blog.

We had two opposing reasons to Believe that the Government would never resort to something like this – 1) They were intelligent 2) They were too stupid to understand Internet

That we are having trouble reaching out to Blogs with *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com & geocities/* is because our Government officials were both intelligent & stupid at the same time. They were intelligent enough to find out that the terrorists used it to communicate (which I though was pretty clever) but they were also stupid enough to then walk up to the ISPs and say “Block them all!”

If dissuading the terrorists was the idea, why not block the Indian blogs like Redifflogs, Sify blogs, O3 etc? Or for that matter, the other communication platforms on the internet like discussion threads, groups, e-mails, Messengers, online Games (where chat is possible) … one could go on.

I hope this is just a one-off blunder by some official and not a step towards becoming another China. Without Internet I would lose half my life`s purpose. Wonder how it will be for you…

Links related to blog ban in India

Bloggers Collective – Google Group against Blog ban
Wiki – Bloggers Against censorship
ISPs that seemed to have locked *.Blogspot.com
Quotes from Bloggers on the censorship issue
How to by-pass the blog ban in India
Want to join the protesters?

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