India is requiring ISPs to block access to Blogspot, Typepad and Geocities among others

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal the Indian government has decided to block access to a number of popular blogging websites.  According to the article and recent coverage from BoingBoing, India’s Department of Telecommunications sent an order to the countries ISPs to block user access to blogger, Blogspot, GeoCities and more than 15 other sites.

It isn’t clear what technology is being used to block the sites or if all of India’s web users are being affected and the government hasn’t disclosed exactly why it ordered the sites blocked. Both Google and Yahoo are looking in to why large networks of sites have been blocked.

However some believe that it is an attempt to prevent terrorists from using blogs to communicate with each other as the order comes only days after the country was struck by terror attacks in Mumbai that have left 207 dead. Since the majority of social networking sites that would typically confirm these details are currently blocked inside the country, the majority of details have been very light.

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