Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Indian government bans certain sites

The thing with socialism is that it gives bureaucrats and politicians a status higher than the average person. They then begin to think they are better than everyone else, because they have access to favouritism and can practise nepotism while the common man starves.

At some point - and that point has already been reached in India, a supposedly democratic country - officials stop explaining, or provide pitiful excuses as justification for their actions.

As India is, tragically, a socialist country it is not surprising to find another example of this perverse government action - in the news that certain websites have been blocked based on terrorism related concerns.

My uncle in Guwahati sent me an email today saying he could not access this weblog. I've only just made the connection between his troubles and the attempt at censorship.

Atanu Dey points out this is only an attempt, as you can't really block anything on the net. Or, if you do, human ingenuity will soon find a way to break the ban. Here's one way already worked out. Hat-tip to Heath over at Catallaxy for first bringing this to my attention.

Update: The Hindustan Times reports this was apparently a stuff-up, not a deliberate ban. The original intention was to prevent access to 17 sites. Follow the latest developments here and here. Incidentally, some info on a rule that I didn't know existed, banning the publication of foreign newspapers in India .


At July 20, 2006 10:54 am, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

On the plus side, we now have some real cachet - we can say 'this site banned in India'.

What a bunch of fraidy cat losers or - based on your update - serial incompetents.

At July 20, 2006 6:46 pm, Anonymous Tholf said...

Being banned is a badge of honour, unless it's because you featured photos of goat-felching kiddie-fisters or the like.

At July 20, 2006 8:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tholf, good to see you here (only because the vibewire forums are dead I presume). How's about becoming a blogger on this site?

At July 21, 2006 5:55 pm, Anonymous Tholf said...

I found this because I was googling myself and found your original invite on vibewire. I'm flattered by the invitation. However, I'm a big enough procrastinator with little enough time to procrastinate as it is, so I cannot accept.

At July 21, 2006 5:59 pm, Anonymous Tholf said...

A suggestion for the site - given the lengthy nature of some postings, I recommend adopting the "Read the rest of this entry" approach. Take a look at these sites for how they do it:

At July 21, 2006 8:10 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

Procrastination aside, at least you could comment regularly ;)


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