By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via links below and Twitter
A circular being shared widely on social media suggests that all Indian internet providers were instructed by the Department of Telecom to block access to a list of 32 URLs, including Vimeo, Dailymotion, Github, and Archive.org. The circular, dated December 17, cites Section 69A of the Information Technology Act (2000) as the reason for the blocks. The section in question empowers India’s central and state governments to intercept and monitor information generated, transmitted or stored digitally if it is “necessary or expedient so to do in the interest of the sovereignty or integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence.”
While the authenticity of the circular has yet to be verified, several Indian internet users took to social media to complain about their inability to access the websites listed on it. The Indian government has blocked some of the biggest websites in the world to try and stop the spread of Isis materials. The blocks include Github, the important code-sharing site that is used by developers across the world. Github has been blocked before in Russia and China, though the latter had to relent when it became clear how important the site was for its tech industry. Text sharing sites including Pastebin and popular video sharing site Vimeo have also been blocked.