Thursday 1 January 2015

Posted by Howzto
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In yet another case of mass blocking of websites, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued an order to block as many as 32 websites including popular sites such as SourceForge, DailyMotion, GitHub, Pastebin and so on. The DoT has issued the order under section 69A of the Information Technology(IT) act, 2000 and the IT act Rules, 2009.

The Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000 states “Power to issue directions for blocking for public access of any information through any computer resource”. Based on the DoT directive internet service providers have blocked access to 32 websites.

While security concern is a valid point, the idea of blocking particular objectionable URL’s (that is again, debatable as ‘objectionable’ is quite a vague term) rather than entire websites seems a bit odd. And we have, in the past, seen websites as well as torrent sites being blocked based on John Doe orders.

In the current batch of blocked websites we have Vimeo and DailyMotion- which are YouTube like video sharing websites; GitHub is a forum where software developers host and share programming code and so on.

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