Friday, February 15, 2013

When internet laws strike: Nanopolitan posts you cannot see

If you are in India, you (probably) won't be able to see the posts entitled Breaking news: IIPM faculty pages have not been changed!, and Breaking news: the IIPM faculty pages have not been changed, yet.

I guess I should be proud that these two posts are featured in a list of URLs that our Department of Telecommunications has put a block on. Take a look -- the list even includes a notification from UGC!

That link takes you to a MediaNama story, an update to which says DoT's move was probably prompted by a court order.

Let us wait for the details. [Update: As of now (8:30 pm), these posts are still available, unblocked. There really is no reason to panic, though the MediaNama story is disturbing.]

In the meantime, let me just say this to IIPM's PR folks: You suck!

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Thanks to Akilan for alert on Google+.


  1. Vinay said...

    Indeed the IIPM PR guys suck. They've even requested blocking Faking News and UnReal times URLs, which are definitely not real news and only humourous articles. This Arindam Chaudhari was campaigning alongside Anna Hazare for better governance and government, cannot bear valid criticism. BTW, found a new expansion for the IIPM acronym: Indian Institute of Ponytail Management!

  2. Arnab De said...

    Has the block been implemented yet? I cannot check that because I am not accessing it from India. Please update us if and when it is really blocked.

  3. Abi said...

    I'm still able to see the posts in Bangalore. Rahul says they're blocked in Chennai. So, there definitely is a block, but its implementation is patchy.

  4. gaddeswarup said...

    It is blocked here, if it is the February 2012 post. But one can get through other sites

  5. Abi said...

    Swarup: The Feb 2012 post has gone back into the "draft" mode because of the DMCA -- it's not accessible anywhere.

    The two posts I have linked in the post are related to an IIPM-related court order (and they date back to 2005). If the block does happen, it's only in India; as I said, it's patchy.