About the banning episode

Don’t know how much stupider can one get. This one’s from BoingBoing

An Indian political blog is reporting that the ban was initiated by the Indian intelligence service to stop terrorism: Link. According totheir source, the terrorists are using blogs to communicate. Not only is this useless (because the terrorists can simply use proxies), it’s akin to shutting off the country’s telephone service because terrorists talk to each other through phones.

How long will take for the banned sites to migrate to some other free service, say WordPress? (oops, don’t get  WordPress banned, puhlease) There are n ways to access a blog site – RSS, proxies, search engine cached pages, translators to name a few. That said, the step by private ISPs to ban the whole blogspot, typepad, geocities is affecting the whole Indian blogosphere.

Such bans actually serve the banned sites well as curiousity plays into people’s minds. A similar case happened when they banned some obscure organisation in Yahoo! Groups.

Instead of banning, won’t it be prudent to track the logs of suspected sites, see the IP addresses where the hits are coming from etc?


One Response to “About the banning episode”

  1. Woke Says:

    http://mutiny.wordpress.com/2006/07/21/isps%e2%80%99-laziness-caused-the-indian-blog-blackout/ for the real story behind the blockade.

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