India Wants To Put Web Filter


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India Wants To Put Web Filter, Blocking Contents On The Internet

It seems like India is planning to follow China footsteps, as China blocks objectionable contents on the Internet and soon India might follow it. Back in September a meeting was held at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) to discuss about how web filters might be implemented in the country.

Ministry of Home Affairs said that, it is working with CERT-In on this matter. The Ministry said that we are “working together to block websites containing objectionable contents having the potential to create communal violence and law and order problem as well as sensitive from the national security point of view. He further added that Ministry of I&B has set up National Media Centre to monitor contents of various websites on the Internet on 24 x 7 basis.”

The filtration is said to be the effect of a write petition which was filed by Kamlesh Vasvani in the Supreme Court of India, saying that: “easy access to porn websites results in illegal activities like rape, harassment, molestations of women.” But it is pretty much clear that the filter will be not limited to just blocking porn online. Along with the censoring porn online, the team will also focus on the misuse of social media for disturbing social harmony in the country.

But there are still no details if the blocked website or content will have the right to get itself unblocked or not. There are currently no recourse available on this subject, which is really very disappointed. As if the government blocks a site, then they should also give them opportunity to correct there mistake and apply for reconsideration.

But blocking contents for the user in India, is still a very hard task. As most of these porn sites are located outside India, so the team will require to develop a mechanism to easily block the objectionable sites. Rajesh Charia of ISPAI suggest that, “repository of blacklisted pornography sites by autonomous bodies / NGOs may be required to be built for blocking such sites.”