Internet users in India are starting to lose to access websites including GitHub, Internet Archive, Pastebin, and Vimeo under an order from India’s DoT (Department of Telecom).
This appears to stem from an order reportedly issued by India’s Department of Telecom on December 17, directing internet service providers to block 32 websites.
Pastebin acknowledged the block on its Twitter account on December 26. The other affected sites have yet to comment.
Today, Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India) Policy Director Pranesh Prakash posted a copy of the notice listing the 32 blocked URLs.
The notification mentions that 32 sites – including Pastebin, video sharing sites Vimeo and DailyMotion, internet archive site Archive.org, and Github (a web-based software code repository) – have been blocked under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
It however appears that BSNL and some other ISPs in India are allowing access to some of these websites. We hope that the Government addresses the issues raised by the users at earliest. Do let us know your thoughts via comments below.