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Lifting the Ban(?) and those that will Remain Blocked.

It's official. The government only ordered the ISPs to block 17 specific sites. The ISPs screwed up and blocked entire domains; probably because that's the easiest and least resource-consuming way to ban sites. Here is DoT's directive (click on image for larger view):



Reports on rediff (link) suggest that Amitabh Singhal, a spokesperson for the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), said that the ban should be lifted in 48 hours:

"An advisory is being sent from ISPAI to member ISPs saying they should configure their Domain Name Servers (DNS) in such a way that they block only the sub-domains DoT wants blocked...The advisory is a result of a meeting held on Wednesday between executive members of ISPAI, representatives of DoT and the Department of Information Technology. "We expect the problem to be resolved within 48 hours," said Singhal.


However, things may not be as simple as they seem. Quoting from Economic Times (today, front page, Delhi Edition, article "All but 17 blogs to be back":

But other blogs may stay blocked if the service provider does not have the monitoring mechanism for selective blockage at sub-domain level.


I don't know which incompetent ISP will fall into that category, but I'm not going to start counting my chickens before they hatch. Anyways, even if the blanket ban is lifted and only certain sites are blocked, in a democracy, a government should explain why it's blocking even those sites. Among the list of sites to be blocked submitted by DoT are four blogspot blogs:

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com [access this site from India HERE]
http://commonfolkcommonsense.blogspot.com [access this site from India HERE]
http://pajamaeditors.blogspot.com [access this site from India HERE]
http://princesskimberly.blogspot.com [access this site from India HERE]

Even blocking these sites dosen't make any sense. For example, 'PrincessKimberly' is a defunct blog which has only 2 posts from 2004. Quotes from PrincessKimberly:

"...The 2nd 1/2 of my spring break was a lot of fun...Went to Galveston to the beach and rode the ferry. ...I went back to Arlington on Sunday to eat dinner w/ Melbany.. IHOP.. yummy! :) Made it to class this week.. 2 days in a row. Go Kim! Anyway.. Nothing exciting happening now. I just got done kicking Stopher's ass at Solitaire Showdown. But when do I not? :)...
...I spent the majority of my night w/ Aaron watching "Harry Potter, Chamber of Secrets". Great movie I must say!..."


I don't know about you, but I fail to visualize little princess kimberly holding a threat to national security; neither do I know how Exposing the Left, an American Site, is a threat to India. In fact, CommonSenseCommonFolk is a Japanese site! (Go to the sites for yourself from the links above, and decide for yourself how dangerous they are).

Somebody knock some sense into the govt.

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