Friday, July 21, 2006

Ban on Blogs - Who is to blame?

Now, here's a twist to the tale. It seems the Government of India wanted only specific blogs to be blocked. But the Indian ISPs went overboard and blocked all blogs.
Is it because of lack of technology with the ISPs to block only specific sub-domains? Or is it plain laziness?
Are the Indian ISPs so technolgically incompetent to ban specific sub-domains? A report in The Hindu has a photocopy of the Governments order asking ISPs to block specific blogs and Web sites. The list has just 17 Web sites. Which means, the ISPs are to blame. Which again means, I have to withdraw my previous posting. If it is the ISPs which are in the wrong, I am sorry that the Government has come in for flak from everyone, including me.
But again, why is the Government banning Web sites and blogs? Why is it so paranoid about sites like
About this later.