Indian Government Threatens To Fine ISPs That Blocked Blogs… On Their Order
from the confusion-abounds dept
One of the big stories this week that we haven’t written anything about is the “blog blockade” in India. One of the reasons we haven’t touched it is because there was so little information about what was actually going on. The story eventually settled on the fact that the government had asked ISPs to block certain sites as a “precautionary measure” in dealing with terrorist attacks. However, there was some confusion over whether or not the order was just to block a few blogs or the entire sites (which is what happened). However, there’s now a twist. As the story has gained more prominence and more outrage, the Indian government has responded oddly. Not only are they claiming they didn’t order the full blockade (just of a few subdomains), they’re now asking the ISPs to explain why the government should not take action against the ISPs for blocking the full sites. In other words, they made an order that the ISPs clearly did not understand — and now they’re going to blame and punish the ISPs for misunderstanding their orders. That would be a lot more credible if so many ISPs hadn’t banned the full sites. With so many ISPs all interpreting the ban the same way, it certainly seems odd for the government to suddenly be angry about it. It sounds like they’re just trying to make an excuse now that they realize how angry everyone is.