Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"The DoT is of the opinion that some of these sites were being used by banned organisations to transmit messages to their colleagues. Blog entries cannot be tracked as easily as email."

Of all the bizarre statements the government issues from time to time, that has to be the bizarrest. They mean to say finding out somebody's e-mail id and host, cracking it open and then tracking the mails is easier than reading something that's just sitting there for all to read and is meant to be read? Ludicruous as this whole ban issue is (as someone said, would the government block all phone calls because terrorists use phones?), this one is just a scream.

Of course, all this has a lot to do with the government's inadequate knowledge about new technology and its applications, though I know most bloggers wouldn't feel blogs particularly represent new and emerging technology. The DoT obviously just don't know enough about blogs, and certainly can't keep pace with the way things change around here.

I am reminded of Fahrenheit 451 with alarming frequency these days.

6 Comments:

At July 18, 2006 8:30 PM, Blogger Lahar said...

There's a cute piece in today's Economic Times about how people can access "blocked" blogs through a site called PakistanBlogs.net or something. This is a good excuse for me to use the word Kafkaesque.

And they're doing a poor job of it, aren't they? I can access lots and lots of blog sites

 
At July 18, 2006 11:46 PM, Blogger Ghetufool said...

any forum to protest this?

 
At July 19, 2006 9:16 AM, Blogger kaushik said...

Finally i managed to lay hands on your blog. Infact the ecotimes article is real useful.

Meanwhile Ghetu you know what I did. Wrote to the president, Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh & Dayanidhi Maran.. I thought only a ludicrous method might counter an equally ludicrous step.

Marauder - What TT doing about this. We need some activist journalism now.. Where r u guys?? Gone into a sleep.

We all need our own Indianised Farenheit. I can suffer it. By the way do you know where was Sagarika Ghosh before CNN IBN.. She has a nice chewy accent.. Good Barkha has some competition..

 
At July 19, 2006 1:05 PM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Zimbul essplenesun, child. The world is full of morons. (Not trace a blog? Ferpetesake, my Sitemeter can do that!)

We can live with it most of the time. Once in a while, we need to wake up and kick some ass.

J.A.P.

 
At July 21, 2006 8:47 AM, Blogger jhantu said...

"reminded with alarming frequency".. how come??

 
At July 27, 2006 1:35 AM, Blogger GREATBONG said...

And arent we supposed to be an IT superpower? The government's IT dept just put a "kick me" sign on its back for all the hackers/crackers in the world.

 

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