In a very deplorable move, the Department of Telecom, Government of India, has issued a circular to ISPs asking them to block 32 websites. Although the specific intent is not known, it very much appears to be a part of the Government’s larger interest of controlling the flow of communication on the internet.
Previously, too, the Government had tried to gag prominent social-media networks such as Twitter citing derisory reasons.
The list includes websites such as Vimeo and Dailymotion, both of which are immensely popular in India as alternatives to YouTube. The shocking part is that the list includes github.com and archive.org. While gitbub is a common platform for coders, archive.org is a non-profit offering free books besides the unique service called ‘Wayback Machine’.
The Government says that the websites have been blocked for hosting content that is pro-ISIS, the brutal terrorist organization, and not cooperating with government investigations.