INDIA BLOCKS YAHOO GROUPS- A sensible action?
Topic started by Buji (@ 188.8.131.52) on Sun Sep 28 08:07:01 .
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India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued orders to ISPs in the country to block the url http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/kynhun, according to a government statement Monday. Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which was set up in July 2003, and operates under the Union government’s Department of Information Technology (DoT), has blocked a resource on a Web site First time in India. Following the order from the DoT, Indian ISPs blocked the entire Yahoo Groups channel, as it was not found to be technically feasible to block only a single group, according to ISP sources.
Internet users are furious. They have says like “This is a violation of freedom of expression and sets a dangerous precedent of censorship and control over the Internet in India,”
Of course, just like any online censorship, this plan is backfiring in that it's drawing a hell of a lot more attention to this group than if they just left it alone - where it would have remained mostly ignored. Please have your says
- From: Brahubu (@ 184.108.40.206)
on: Sun Sep 28 08:37:23 EDT 2003
some one lives outside India, pls take the entire content from that groups and post it in several free servers and anounce it here. Thats what we can do, to teach them a lesson.
- From: . (@ 206.a.001.syd.iprimus.net.au)
on: Thu Oct 2 09:30:28 EDT 2003
go to anonymizer.com and browse the site mates
- From: N (@ usr87-wv1.blueyonder.co.uk)
on: Thu Oct 2 13:23:38 EDT 2003
Ayyayyo kadule, forumhub a block pannale illa. kammunu kida. Namma ketta kaalam athaiyum block panniduvan.
- From: Khan Md Ashraf (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Sat Oct 4 11:38:17 EDT 2003
I am really amazed at how ham handed the GOI can be ! Nobody had heard of this group and even cared to find out about this group that is supposed to be anti-national. In fact the act of blocking, in the bargain blocking an entire service fo Yahoo turned out to be counter productive. The group 'kynhun' got tremendous publicity. Isn't that stupid ? Also the vast majority of Indians are far removed from the goings on in the NorthEast of the country. For them it could very well be happening in another country for all they care.
- From: :) (@ d150-40-7.home.cgocable.net)
on: Sat Oct 4 13:46:44 EDT 2003
- From: Sisiro (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Fri Oct 10 18:15:01 EDT 2003
I have placed a link to the mirror of all messages
of Kynhun group at:
Now, the whole world media knows about this issue, because our govt functions soooo promptly :-)
- From: Sajin (@ host505.efunds.com)
on: Mon Oct 13 15:05:12 EDT 2003
I think more important here is the point that Yahoo decided to ignore a request by the Government of India. The right or wrong of Government asking Yahoo to do that is an entirely different question. Yahoo has definitely taken that whoz-this-third-world-guy-to-tell-me-this attitude. I am sure they won't do this if it was USA who made the request.
- From: Buji (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Mon Oct 13 17:51:35 EDT 2003
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wondering why they didnt in this case? Another wonder, dont we have enough technologies to block a single URL as our ISPs say? My feeling is Govt should have handled this matter in a different way rather than giving this much publicity to that Kynhun group.
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