Dec 9, 2006

The Chinese Government of India

Earlier this year the Congress-led UPA government tried to ban 18 blogs and websites that it claimed was inimical to India. But on scrutiny it was revealed that the blogs and websites were actually inimical to the Congress Party! At that time as ISPs did not possess the technology needed block the sites, the ISPs implemented the ban at the domain level. This resulted in a public outcry and the govt was severely criticised as users were unable to access even other websites and blogs.

Now the govt has come up with a devious and hidden plan where it will be able to ban whatever it want on the internet and no one will know. In other words the Indian government - like their Chinese counterparts - will be censoring the World Wide Web and no more public outcry will it face.

Errant websites won’t be able to escape this net. The Centre is putting in place an advance screening system at the bandwidth landing stations to block individual websites and blogs perceived as threats to national security.

The technology to be put in place at the eight landing stations — which bring international bandwidth into the country — will be capable of blocking websites at a sub-domain level, thus saving internet service providers (ISPs) from a sweeping shutdown. “GoI has realised that the most effective way to keep out such sites is through URL-based blocking solutions installed at international gateways,” a highly placed source told ET.

After the system is in place, the department of telecommunications (DoT) can direct international long distance (ILD) players who own the landing stations to block a particular URL at the sub-domain level.


Sources also confirmed that DoT has circulated a draft report on Monday on ‘technical measurers for blocking of websites’ to key ministries, security agencies, leading ISPs and the three ILD players who own landing stations.

…ILD operators would be mandated to install equipment specified by DoT.
…The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPA), the body representing all ISPs, has already welcomed the DoT move.[Economic Times]

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