Is it the growing popularity of blogging or just another government policy? Whatever might be the reason, the truth is that Gov India is going to ban many blogging sites like *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com and geocities.com/* (the list will have more sites). I just read it in eco times front page. India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs to block several websites. Till 9:00 IST I am able to access all the above said sites.
Earlier it was Google Earth and now Google blogs, google is surely not finding a place in Indian Gov’s heart.
Now are these bans going to help? Isn’t it added publicity to the overall not so visible issue? We respect the move but should have been taken with a little care as blogspot was one of the most helpful sites during Tsumani and even I heard of some blogs offering good help for the Mumbai blast victims.
The pros of free blogs are many but can the Gov capable of taking the cons off forcefully? We will have to wait for some more time.
The reasons for ban
Terror**** are using free blogs to promote anti-nationalism.
According to newspapers and internet sources it has already been applied. By the end of Tuesday all the ISPs are expected to do so.
Can Gov do this?
Yes, they can and they have done this in past as well. According to newspapers Gov has banned over 100 sites in last 6 years.
Why is this not a solution?
IMO this can only stop some known sites but there are hundreds and thousands of free websites providers, some known and some not so known. Also using a proxy (which are not under Govs control) people can access it unless they ban all those proxies. Even people can use Search Engine cache to read such websites. This is more or less like an attempt to ban the whole Internet.
What is then a better suited solution?
People’s involvement with the ISPs. A common forum for ISPs and the world supporting anti-terrorism can come together to ban all such sites. Making a crew of Internet specialist to find out the pattern behind such bloggers, tracking the pattern can help us stop these things to a certain extent.
Update: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/government-lifts-ban-on-blogsites/16155-11.html says, “The Department of Telecommunciations has now clarified that the error is being rectified”.
Also read my latest post on “How to access the existing blogspot sites from India“.