Something fishy about the DoT ban
I was in Chennai for a couple of days on an official trip and did not know something like this was happening... the first inkling I got of something of both sad and funny was when waiting to board the plane at Chennai.
Needless to say the Government or CERT-IN or DoT or whichever body has initiated this is totally inept and clueless about blogs and the Internet. It scares me to think that these are the morons with powers to influence the Internet and take policy decisions about it in India. Funnily even the so called technology correspondents who wrote about this on various news sites seemed ignorant about the terminology and the technology behind blogs.
Loads of bloggers and non-bloggers have filed RTI applications asking for an explanation about this arbitrary ban. I was also thinking of filing one, frankly wanted to do it for the experience, but could not do so due to lack of time. I guess I will just wait for the government to come out with their version of the story and I am sure that the bloggers who filed the application will blog about it when they get their replies.
Now there is word that the ban was only a limited one encompassing of around 15-20 sites, not whole domains as is the case now. And it is being said that it is due to the technical ineptness or lack of technology of the ISPs due to which whole domains have become inaccessible. Bullshit. Nothing but bullshit. I find it very difficult to believe that all major ISPs would commit the exact same technical mistake at once... It is even more ridiculous to assert that ISPs do not have the capability to selectively block URIs! Blocking specific URIs (and not whole domains) is ridiculously easy to do... ISPs had done it sometime in 2003 to block the Yahoo! group of some anti-India group... they initially blocked all Yahoo! Groups but then they came to their senses and blocked only the offending Yahoo! group.
In other words there is definitely something going on behind the scenes. Maybe there was an unofficial but strict directive from the DoT to the ISPs to block the affected domains... but why you might ask. Who knows? It is difficult to fathom what goes on in the minds of the babus at the helm of these organizations.