Internet users in India are not able to access many websites after an order was passed by DoT (Department of Telecom)
- India has banned over 32 websites after discovering pro terrorist contents on the portals in question. The websites were blocked on an advisory by Anti Terrorism Squad since they carried anti-India contents from ISIS.
- The government has invoked section 69A of the Information technology Act (2000) and Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules (“Blocking Rules”) to ban these websites.
- The list of the blocked websites include popular online tools used by hundreds of programmers such as Sourceforge and Github. “These websites provide very dangerous kind of cut and paste services..You can take code, cut it, paste it, remove it, delete it,” said one government official who requested anonymity.
- These two websites are actually platform that are used by software developers for working and sharing open-source codes. Github was earlier blocked by China but they unblicked it soon after it started affecting the tech industry. India is not alone, Russia too has blocked Github in December 2014.
- Internet Archive, a digital library used by millions of Internet users in India is banned too. This website provides universal access to movies, moving images, music, public domain books and 400 million plus archived web pages.
- Pastebin.com, another website, a platform used to paste text is also banned. It is a platform where you can store text online for a certain period of time. However, the Facebook page of Pastebin recommends Indian users to use a free proxy service in India.
- Weebly, a platform to build one’s own website and blog along with Popular video networks like Daily Motion and Vimeo was also banned soon after an order was issued by India’s Telecom Department dated December 17. However, the ban on these three websites have been lifted along with Github. We checked all four websites and we could access them all.
- Here is the list of 32 websites that were banned by DoT sharee by Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India) Policy Director Pranesh Prakash on Twitter – 01) https://justpaste.it/ 02) http://hastebin.com 03) http://codepad.org 04) http://pastie.org05) https://pastee.org 06) http://paste2.org 07) http://slexy.org 08) http://paste4btc.com/ 09) http://0bin.net 10) http://www.heypasteit.com 11) http://sourceforge.net/projects/phorkie 12) http://atnsoft.com/textpaster 13) https://archive.org 14) http://www.hpage.com 15) http://www.ipage.com/ 16) http://www.webs.com/ 17) http://www.weebly.com/ 18) http://www.000webhost.com/ 19) https://www.freehosting.com 20) https://vimeo.com/ 21) http://www.dailymotion.com/ 22) http://pastebin.com 23) https://gist.github.com 24) http://www.ipaste.eu 25) https://thesnippetapp.com 26) https://snipt.net 27) http://tny.cz 28) https://github.com 29) http://snipplr.com/30) http://termbin.com 31) http://www.snippetsource.net 32) https://cryptbin.com
- We tried accessing a few urls, while some of them showed blank pages, some of them were accessible to us. Looks like the ISPs are in the process of blocking these urls.