India blocks 32 websites, including Vimeo and Github

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  1. Singh

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    India's Department of Telecom, which seems to have a penchant for blocking genuine and reliable websites just on the basis of a complaint, has struck again. And this time it has blocked 32 websites. The list of the blocked websites include Vimeo, which is a YouTube like video host, and Github, a website used by software developers to host and share programming code.

    In an order apparently issued on December 16, the DoT has directed internet service providers to block 32 websites. Unlike in the past when such directives have targeted file-sharing websites, this time websites that allow users to share URLs are primary victims. Apart from Vimeo and GitHub, Pastebin, Archive.org, Pastie, CryptBin are among the list of banned URLs.


    Read more at: India blocks 32 websites, including Vimeo and Github : News, News - India Today
     
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    edited - wrong image ...

    is this correct ?
     
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    I am able to open a few incl github..
     
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    I am not able to access any of it since I am on BSNL network right now.
    Your ISP didn't complied(which it did right) atleast till now. This is an extremely stupid act and it show how IT department is run by babus with paan in their mouth.
     
  6. Singh

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    I am on MTNL. I guess Delhi MTNL already left offices for New Years.

    BTW I just RTd this, relevant to your post.

    Misuse of Sec 69A under weak MMS: "Old fool! Bring in PM who gets modern tech!" Misuse under strong Modi: "Damn babus yaar. Poor Modi."

    https://twitter.com/mihirssharma/status/550246872195936256
     
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    Government blocks over 60 websites including github & sourceforge on anti-terror advisory

     
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    Github? seriously? Instead of blocking whole website/services they should only block specific URLs which contains objectionable content.

    Do not repeat the same mistakes of UPA. Don't be lazy just find the specific URLs and block it.

    btw Some users saying they can open vimeo now. So may be the unblock process has been started.
     
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    why quote newstraders views?

    Ps- he supported upa-italy sarkar's blocking!
     
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    These hosts must comply with Indian laws. Why do they go out of the way to comply with the US government rules?

    BTW, I am able to access both github and sourceforge.
     
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    Both github and sourceforge are working. I haven't used other sites and haven't checked yet.
     
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    Govt is working to create their own Github, if I was not misinformed.

    If the ban order is related to that then shame on these idiots.
     
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    I shifted to Google DNS once I saw github was blocked, need that thing on an everyday basis.
     
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    How the Mumbai police managed to block Vimeo and Github in India – Quartz

    The Indian government’s decision to ban 32 websites—including Github and Vimeo—has been in the works for over a month, according to documents reviewed by Quartz.
    On Nov. 11, 2014, Mumbai’s additional chief metropolitan magistrate ordered the Indian government’s department of electronics and information technology (DEIT) to act on a complaint received by the city’s Byculla Police Station and block the sites on a “top priority basis.”
    Certain contents on the sites “appear to be posted with the intention of creating unrest, breach of peace, and communal disharmony,” the court said. “This might result in law and order problem in India.”
    Anti-terror request

    Then, on Nov. 15, Maharashtra’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS) also dispatched a letter requesting DEIT to block 32 websites that “were being used for jihadi propaganda.”
    “It was stated that anti-national group are using social media for mentoring Indian youths to join the jihadi activities,” DEIT said in a statement.
    The ATS noted that some of these sites were being used by ISIL (a.k.a Islamic State or IS) to “motivate other Indians.”
    For instance, they had been used to disseminate information about Areeb Majeed—a 23-year-old from Kalyan, who had apparently joined ISIL in Iraq—and Anwar Husain, an Indian national from Karnataka who reportedly died while fighting in Afghanistan in 2014.
    “These websites works on page hosting concept. Many of these websites does not require any authentication. Other upload articles, videos or photos or to download the contents which helps to hide the identities,” DEIT said.
    “These websites were being used frequently for pasting (and) communicating such content by just changing page name even blocking the earlier one,” it added.
    Some unblocked

    DEIT said that it had reached out to some of the 32 website, and a few had already “undertaken not to allow pasting of such propaganda information.”
    Subsequently, four websites—Weebly, Vimeo, Dailymotion and Github—are being unblocked.

    However, the fate of the remaining 28 websites remains unclear.
     
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    Bc IT industry band ho jaegi GitHub band kiya to. Saare bkl wahi se code chhapte hai.
     
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    Asli band bajegi when they block stackoverflow, if I could I'd have married that site.
     
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    Lekin stack overflow walo ka faida hoga.

    No more, "Saar please to halp my code is not working", followed by a full stack of error messages and illegible code fragments.
     
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    One of the reasons I never make my projects Open Source. :rofl:
     

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