Last month, as many as 32 websites were banned in India by DoT, after the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad alleged that these sites are used to spread pro terror messages. However, after a massive online protest and disappointment over this ban, the government has now ordered ISPs to unblock all the 32 websites in India. Also Read - Starlink told to get license before offering satellite-based internet services in India by govtAlso Read - Airtel uses Nokia equipment to successfully conduct first 5G trial in Eastern India
Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) Director-General Gulshan Rai confirmed this news to Economic Times. After the online protests, the government initially unblocked four websites namely – Weebly, Github, Vimeo and Dailymotion – and have now issued instructions to lift the ban from all 32 websites. Also Read - Indian government looking to ban private cryptocurrencies, will submit Bill soon
Furthermore the report states, that even though the lifting of ban has been issued, people familiar with the matter are saying that instructions for lifting curbs on websites or links are extremely few. While ISPs have to inform concerned authorities on compliance, there are no audits or checks to ascertain if the orders have been complied with.
The 32 websites that were blocked include Github, Pastebin, Vimeo, Imgur, Dailymotion and more. The entire list of blocked websites has been circulating the web ever since.
Pranesh Prakash (@pranesh_prakash) December 31, 2014
Web censorship policies in India has been a topic of much discussion off late. Just yesterday, the Mumbai Police ordered blocking of almost 650 posts that had Charlie Hebdo cartoons on a certain social media site based in USA. The need for standard procedures to deal with such situations is imperative.