July 19, 2006

India ISP Blog Censorship Update

Kingsley Joseph wrote an update in the comments of the previous post:

Seth, you're bang on. The government wanted about 20 sites blocked, not for terrorist activities, but for hate-speech reasons. The stupid ISPs, too lazy to put in sub-domain blocks, blocked IP addresses instead.

It's been resolved, and we should be back to almost normal in a day or two.

There's another article in the Indian Express. It's very strange, some of the sites don't make sense as targets for censorship.

I spent some time (probably too much time ...) trying to find a pattern, with a lead or two, but nothing obvious. Even if I did find anything, I'd then have to devote time to writing it up, and then further running around trying to get some credit, probably unsuccessfully. Not worth it. That's unpleasant to write, but it's the reality of unpaid freelancing, err, "citizen journalism".

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on July 19, 2006 08:23 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Yeah, that list is totally ridiculous. I think a junior level staffer with a sense of humor must have gotten princess kimberly in there just to see if anyone would catch him/her.

Posted by: Kingsley Joseph at July 20, 2006 02:18 AM

Seth, I kept this under the lid

The theory may interest you :)-

Posted by: /pd at July 29, 2006 11:46 AM