Censorship Is A Dull Instrument For The Internet

Censorship by government is always an issue but blocking GitHub because some terrorists use it“Internet users in India are starting to lose to access websites including GitHub, Internet Archive, Pastebin, and Vimeo under an order from India’s DoT (Department of Telecom).” is throwing the baby out with the bath-water. I hope cooler heads prevail. If India really wants security they should ban everything not made of cotton, wood or stone… [SARCASM]

If India wants to go after terrorists, they should go after terrorists rather than crippling all the good works of society. That just does the terrorists’ work for them. This banning of sites just makes criminals of ordinary people as they find ways around the problem government creates. In particular, the government of India is trying to adopt FLOSS yet this ban cripples a good chunk of FLOSS projects, probably the majority of them. Does the right hand not know what the left is doing?

See India blocks 32 websites, including GitHub, Internet Archive, Pastebin, Vimeo.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Censorship Is A Dull Instrument For The Internet

  1. ram wrote, “the systemic colonial corruption there does them in every time.”

    The veneer of democracy is thin there but there is a lot of energy bottled up just beneath it. I think governments in India are riding a tiger. Things are pretty easy and fun until the tiger shakes you off. There is strong motivation to make life better for everyone, not just friends. Here, in Canada, you can annoy a million people and still keep power by being gentle with two provinces. In India, there are so many factions that if you annoy anyone there could be blood in the streets and everything grinds to a halt for a week no matter what you do. Sometimes that encourages keeping the status quo but I think in India, it keeps the government on its toes trying to get everyone to go in the same direction long enough to improve things. The old ways just are not manageable. They need good working IT (GNU/Linux) and an educated workforce to change things. There is support for that from top to bottom in India and over much of the country. To make the changes most want costs too much to use that other OS and Wintel PCs. India is practically forced to use ARM+FLOSS. Of course such renovation opens new avenues to corruption but the increased transparency should keep it in check.

  2. ram says:

    Looks like the Indian government took a bribe – what a surprise – NOT!

    Every once in a while it looks like India could take off, but the systemic colonial corruption there does them in every time.

  3. dougman says:

    Idiots!..but of little use as one can use a VPN or proxy to circumvent.

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