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Government over Internet

July 07, 2012  by: Jobin  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.60   Views: 962

Governments around the world has started taking control and monitoring measures over internet. Its a burning issue now. It has lead to many protests in online and real world.


Government has started taking many control strategies over the internet media. Protests has been rising from many corners. So, having a governmental control over the internet be a good solution for the problems. Internet is a free media. It has its own goodness and bad sides. If its controlled and closely viewed by organizations, will it result in the good deeds.

Government over Internet

It may not be a complete solution in itself but it definitely has a part of a solution as long its being done consistently in order to really get the things changed at a broader level benefiting a range of people and its not meant just for a few personal greed's. Though everyone has one or the other personal reasons to protest but that's really okay its human psychology and lets not give it a thought till the length its fruitful for other around you as well.

Now, why just criticism. Because this is how you start protesting against anything when you are not at such a strong position where your every word will automatically be a public affecting statement e.g. you are an IAS or IPS officer, once your views are started getting appreciated you can proceed further becoming further a public figure and can work out the things in a different way as per your wish.

The power of media

Why social media platforms. Because its the fastest and most effective road to speak against the stuff and making an impact to the government publicly without them neglecting the words of yours or anyone. As, its a public media beyond boundaries . You may be watched by many without even knowing about that.

The other side of it is that it will not work if its done with the reason, not for a social reverence but for the purpose of gaining cheep personal publicity or so when its considered as a ladder to e.g. make a political benefit or something where you want to be an eye catcher for audience around.

The wind of revolution

Social media was and is the most powerful platform for the rise and spread of "Arab Spring" and it can be used effectively but there is a word of caution. It is the duty of each person coming in contact with information on social media to verify the same. Otherwise the miscreant will be more than happy to see their success in spreading rumors. People use social media for many purpose, like- getting in touch with their friends & relatives, kill time when they don't have anything more important to do, interacting at various groups etc.

Many people don't have tendencies to cross-check the content made available to them through various groups or individuals (who are good in making colorful presentation with a lot of numbers whether fake or real is a different question, masters in Photoshop etc). In such case the motive of spreading important and true information may be lost. Social media people should try have an unbiased view and a desire to know the truth behind everything. Then only social media will truly be a platform for spreading voice of unheard.

Author: Joseph        
Posted Date: 07/07/2012    Points:5    

Internet is a very useful media which help us to grap knowledge and help us to know the latest mews that where happened in all over the world which is faster than television,radio and newspaper or any medias thus it was a very usefull thing. But everything has two sides like a coins there is an advantages as well as a disadvantages. Need of protection and security is necessary for a computer and internet because now our world is going a way like that so it is very essential. Most of the criminal duties are mainly occuring with the help of internet and other medias so there is a positive and negative point in this.
Very usefull article and good information. Keep it up.
Author: Adi        
Posted Date: 07/09/2012    Points:15    

Internet censorship is selectively practiced by both federal and state governments. While there is no sustained government policy or strategy to block access to Internet content on a large scale, measures for removing content that is obscene or otherwise objectionable, or that endangers public order or national security have become more common in recent years. However, any blocked websites either by government or Internet service provider can be accessed through proxy servers.


In June 2000 the Indian Parliament created the Information Technology (IT) Act to provide a legal framework to regulate Internet use and commerce, including digital signatures, security, and hacking. The act criminalizes the publishing of obscene information electronically and grants police powers to search any premises without a warrant and arrest individuals in violation of the act. A 2008 amendment to the IT Act reinforced the government''s power to block Internet sites and content and criminalized sending messages deemed inflammatory or offensive.

Internet filtering can also be mandated through licensing requirements. For example, ISPs seeking licenses to provide Internet services with the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) “shall block Internet sites and/or individual subscribers, as identified and directed by the Telecom Authority from time to time” in the interests of “national security”.License agreements also require ISPs to prevent the transmission of obscene or otherwise objectionable material.

In 2001, the Bombay High Court appointed a committee to oversee issues relating to online pornography and Cybercrime. The Court invited the petitioners, Jayesh Thakkar and Sunil Thacker, to make recommendations on cyber laws. The committee published a report which analyses the key issues and made recommendations regarding areas such as the licensing of cyber cafés, putative identity cards for cyber cafe visitors, that minors use computers in public spaces, and the maintenance of IP logs by cyber cafes. The Committee also recommended that internet service providers keep correct time logs and records.

The report also addressed the protection of children from adult websites and advised internet service providers to provide parental control software for every Internet connection. The committee also identified lack of technical knowledge in the police as a problem. The report was well received by the courts, and its recommendations are being implemented the police and cyber cafes. The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell was set up pursuant to a recommendation made by the committee.

In 2003 the Government of India established the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) to ensure Internet security. Its stated mission is "to enhance the security of India''s Communications and Information Infrastructure through proactive action and effective collaboration". CERT-IN is the agency that accepts and reviews requests to block access to specific websites. All licensed Indian ISPs must comply with CERT-IN decisions. There is no review or appeals process. Many institutions, including the Ministry of Home Affairs, courts, the intelligence services, the police and the National Human Rights Commission, may call on it for specialist expertise. By stretching the prohibition against publishing obscene content to include the filtering of Web sites, CERT-IN was empowered to review complaints and act as the sole authority for issuing blocking instructions to the Department of Telecommunications (DOT). Many have argued that giving CERT-IN this power through executive order violates constitutional jurisprudence holding that specific legislation must be passed before the government can encroach on individual rights.
Author: Adi        
Posted Date: 07/09/2012    Points:15    

Instances of censorship:

Dawn website blocked
Immediately after the Kargil War in 1999, the website of the Pakistani daily newspaper Dawn was blocked from access within India by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, a government-owned telecommunications company which at the time had monopoly control of the international internet gateways in India. Rediff, a media news website, claimed that the ban was instigated by the Indian government, and then published detailed instructions as to how one could bypass the filter and view the site.

In July 2006 the Indian government ordered the blocking of 17 websites, including some hosted on the Geocities, Blogspot and Typepad domains. Initial implementation difficulties led to these domains being blocked entirely. Access to sites on these domains other than those specifically banned was restored by most ISPs after about a week.

Orkut and Indian law enforcement agreement
In 2007 Indian law enforcement entered an agreement with the popular social networking site Orkut to track down what it deems defamatory content which, in their example, includes content critical of Bal Thackeray.

2008 — IRC Undernet banned
IRC Undernet (www.undernet.org) was banned without any media coverage in 2008. However the ban was lifted.

New IT rules adopted
The "IT Rules 2011" were adopted in April 2011 as a supplement to the 2000 Information Technology Act (ITA). The new rules require Internet companies to remove within 36 hours of being notified by the authorities any content that is deemed objectionable, particularly if its nature is “defamatory,” “hateful,” “harmful to minors,” or “infringes copyright”. Cybercafé owners are required to photograph their customers, follow instructions on how their cafés should be set up so that all computer screens are in plain sight, keep copies of client IDs and their browsing histories for one year, and forward this data to the government each month.

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