18 Jul 2006

Indian Blog Outage

Apparently, the Indian government has asked ISPs to block blogspot.com sites. I can post entries, but can't view them if I type the actual blog address on my browser. I can still see the blog, though, by taking a detour. More on the government action here, here, and here.

18 comments:

Lisa said...

What a bummer! If ISPs block blogs, how are you able to post? Hopefully the government will change their minds and lift the bans. You'll be missed in the world o'blogging.

Yoda said...

This is crazy. How can they block the ENTIRE blogspot in order to block a few blogs? I hope you survive the blockade ;-)

Bhaswati said...

Well, well. Apparently, I can still view my blog (through a different channel of course). So much for the government censorship. Ha!

Lisa, Yoda, I am just as stunned as you are. This move seems ridiculous to say the least. I just hope they lift the crazy block soon. Thanks for the support.

Bernita said...

Bewilders me entirely.
This is stoopid and silly.

Bhaswati said...

Politicians as a breed bewilder me, Bernita. And the adjectives you used are just so apt for them.

jason evans said...

Unreal.

Shrinking the world is a move 180 degrees in the wrong direction.

Bhaswati said...

Absolutely, Jason. It's ridiculous and smacks of dictatorial tendencies. Never expected it from the Indian government.

Scott said...

That is really scary. Really.

Flood said...

I'm happy you found a way around this. :)

Bhaswati said...

It is, Scott. And downright silly, too.

Flood, the detour is a solution all right, but these proxy channels don't support all the templates completely. Which is why I can't view images on my blog. Still, it's better than nothing.

Reports suggest the block will be gone in a day or two. Let's hope for the best!

September said...

OH no! That's just awful. Are they also blocking MySpace? (just curious since they are the ones usually in the negative limelight)
Today is Thursday and I'm curious - was the ban liften?

Bhaswati said...

Hi Esther. No, Myspace didn't enter the list of govt. banned sites. The govt. apparently asked ISPs to block only certain sites, not entire domains. They are supposed to remove the block soon. I am still waiting...

Anthony J. Rapino said...

Wow, very strange.

Bhaswati said...

To say the least, Oni.

But...the block is over now. Yay!

bhupinder singh said...

Is geocities.com also un- blocked now?

Bhaswati said...

No, BS. Tough luck there. Geocities still doesn't open :(

Georganna Hancock said...

I am stunned at the action of your government! (Of course, I'm frequently stunned at the actions of MY government, too, but that's another matter.) I've been used to the blockades from predominantly Muslim countries -- what's with India?

Bhaswati said...

I am equally stunned, Georganna. Seems utterly silly to me.

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