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Sonny Gill
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I could hardly believe this!!

http://ravimohan.blogspot.com/2006/07/indians-cant-see-this-blog-entry.html

http://www.vulturo.com/2006/07/the-indian-government-does-a-big-brother/

Any of the Javaranch guys in India noticed this?

In case you find your access to blogspot blocked, you can apparantly access it through http://www.pkblogs.com . I am not able to confirm that because that site is not loading, perhaps because of heavy traffic to it.

Another option would be to access the blogs using something like bloglines.com.

- Sonny

[Andrew: Changed title to match reality. One blog referencing another blog as a source of a potential blockage is only hearsay.]
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R K Singh
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I am able to access all blogs ..

can you provide me the URL that is suppose to be unaccessible.


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Amit Batra
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[Andrew: Political comments removed. Please keep political commentary off this forum.]
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Arjunkumar Shastry
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I don't think Govt has any interest in blogging matter.We have 65% population in rural areas where people are neither interested blogging or internet.Its slowly picking up.More than 30% of population is illiterate.Among literate,not more than 15% know english.Still being 2nd largest population,that 15% also becomes high but their impact nationwide won't be much.Most of the mass leaders/policy makers come from rural areas.They won't care if you praise them or s*** on them in the blog.


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Chetan Parekh
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India is becoming China.First we declared that we will make Mumbai to Shanghai � we failed at all areas. Now we want to convert entire India to China.
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Ashok Mash
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My first reaction was the same - absolute shock, horror! "OMG, what next!?" etc.

Correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I understand, this was to prevent certain bad guys are using blogs to post provocative stuff, which we could do really do without, especially after the Mumbai blasts last week, and already there is a certain level of tension and mistrust in the society.

While blocking a website is silly, and probably wouldn't help much, I believe the reasoning behind it was sincere, and that they would remove the block after while.


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Arjunkumar Shastry
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I heard from few people that due to recent bomb blast,Govt is doing this (as if blog is the only mode to communicate!!!).In addition,ite recent missile launch failure,satellite launch failure added the salt on wound.!!
I believe they will cancel this crazy idea of blocking the blogs.
Chetan Parekh
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Few years back, website of Cyber Crime branch of Mumbai was hacked by someone. There were reports that username and password for the domain login were same – and it was not other then the name of website.


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R K Parulekar
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
Correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I understand, this was to prevent certain bad guys are using blogs to post provocative stuff, which we could do really do without, especially after the Mumbai blasts last week, and already there is a certain level of tension and mistrust in the society.

While blocking a website is silly, and probably wouldn't help much, I believe the reasoning behind it was sincere, and that they would remove the block after while.




True. In India, internet, still is not part of the source of information for many; although, the things are changing faster , it will take some more time.
Many blogers, blogs with false names and identities, post insensible /provocative stuffs on internet, which might not be in nation�s interest. I think, instead of blocking, govt should have a strong intelligence service (along with the international setup) to catch hold of the culprits, if any.
Anyway, India offers better freedom of speech and expression (than many countries where you can not even stand n speak in public, no rallies ).
And various news papers and channels makes it possible to reach them to the commons.

So no worry.


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Ulf Dittmer
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This thread is dangerously close to having meaning -and thus being unsuitable for this forum- but I'll add a little bit to it.

as far as I understand, this was to prevent certain bad guys are using blogs to post provocative stuff

"provocative" as in "possibly inciting hate and violence", or as in "the author writes something which someone else doesn't like"?

Remember Mark Twain: "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
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Ramesh Choudhary
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Any way most of the bloggers(http://indiauncut.blogspot.com is a notorious example) are a bunch of Publicity mongerers, wasting valuable server space and bandwidth for topics that are flimsy and dumb, even by TOI standards. Blocking them would not be of a major consequence.
Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
"provocative" as in "possibly inciting hate and violence", or as in "the author writes something which someone else doesn't like"?



I think it was the first one, religious hatred, spreading false information to push the already shaky situation; think of it as a huge fire started by those blasts, or how those who is responsible for the blasts would like to get more out of it, a riot probably was what they were aiming for, a few thousand slaughtered here and there, leading to more mistrust, and more violence in future.

Now, the first can (and probably does) look like second and cause a lot of trouble to a lot of innocent people, but that�s how it works isn't it? Grounding all aircrafts after 9/11 was sure a pain for everyone, but it was necessary because no one knew if there was another hijacker on board one of them, or where the next one is going to hit! Same logic IMHO!
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Sonny Gill
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:

[Andrew: Changed title to match reality. One blog referencing another blog as a source of a potential blockage is only hearsay.]

[ July 18, 2006: Message edited by: Andrew Monkhouse ]


Good observation. Thanks Andrew.
Sonny Gill
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And this is not the first time.
It seems that, in 2003, Yahoo Groups was blocked for similar flimsy reasons - BBC new link
Jaikiran Pai
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Today's newspaper article, Here, confirms the blocking of the blogspot.


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Pradeep bhatt
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
I am able to access all blogs ..

can you provide me the URL that is suppose to be unaccessible.


Your proxy server must be outside India.


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Chetan Parekh
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Originally posted by Pradip Bhat:


Your proxy server must be outside India.


Or must be using software to hide his original ip address.
 
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