• Aug 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep

The hugely popular internet tool, the Wayback Machine by the Internet Archive, has been blocked by an Indian court order. India has a long history of blocking sites that are not illegal. Previous targets for internet service provider (ISP) level blocking include WordPress and Github. Additionally, in certain regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, the … Continue reading “India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep”

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This Indian ISP won’t let its users use 128 bit or 256 bit encryption

Per its terms and conditions, YOU Broadband, the fifth largest Indian internet service provider (ISP), doesn’t let its subscribers use strong encryption. The ISP does technically allow VPN and encryption use… but only “up to the bit length permitted by the Department of Telecommunications,” which is 40 bits. It was over twenty years ago in … Continue reading “This Indian ISP won’t let its users use 128 bit or 256 bit encryption”

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  • May 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Aadhaar: India’s billion-person biometric database is the world’s biggest privacy experiment

The use of social security numbers and biometric databases is not unusual these days, but there’s nothing else on the scale of what India is doing in this field. Its Aadhaar system – the name means ‘foundation’ in Hindi – aims to provide everyone in India with a randomly-generated, unique 12-digit number associated with their … Continue reading “Aadhaar: India’s billion-person biometric database is the world’s biggest privacy experiment”

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  • May 12, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

United Nations: “India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir”

A new release by The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights calls on India to restore internet access and social media networks in the Jammu and Kashmir region, which has continually suffered from intentional internet blackouts by the Indian government. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted in 2016 to … Continue reading “United Nations: “India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir””

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  • Apr 17, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

India keeps shutting down the Internet for 12 million plus in Jammu and Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir region of India at the tumultuous border between India and Pakistan formally lost internet access on April 17th, 2017 (again). The most recent spat of internet bans started over a week ago and were officially slated to end after local elections on April 12th – something that only happened intermittently until the announcement of … Continue reading “India keeps shutting down the Internet for 12 million plus in Jammu and Kashmir”

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  • Sep 7, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

Indian Judge clarifies that visiting blocked websites, like one for torrents, isn’t illegal

The Indian government has clarified that simply visiting blocked websites, viewing a torrent magnet link, or streaming a pirated movie is not illegal and will not result in fines or imprisonment. The High Court of Bombay has ordered Tata Communications and all other Indian ISPs to change the wording on the warning message that shows … Continue reading “Indian Judge clarifies that visiting blocked websites, like one for torrents, isn’t illegal”

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  • Aug 22, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Copyright, Governments, News,

In India, accessing a blocked website potentially carries a 3 year sentence

According to a government sanctioned warning on blocked torrent sites, using the Internet to access a blocked website in India could result in a ~$4,500 USD fine as well as imprisonment for 3 years. This is the same government that has denied Internet access to Jammu and Kashmir for over a month. Up until a … Continue reading “In India, accessing a blocked website potentially carries a 3 year sentence”

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It’s been over a month since the Indian government shut down Internet access in Jammu and Kashmir

Starting on July 8th, the Indian government ordered ISPs and telecommunication companies to shut down Internet and mobile phone access in Jammu and Kashmir in response to the protests. The funeral of recently slain local rebel leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani prompted hundreds of thousands of Kashmir residents to gather, only to be dispersed violently. The … Continue reading “It’s been over a month since the Indian government shut down Internet access in Jammu and Kashmir”

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