This is the new nugget of wisdom proposed by bureaucrats hiding in a heated room to escape the Delhi cold. With nothing else to do, these half witted bureaucrats have decided to take on the Internet with full support from their even more dim witted political overlords.As a part of the rules being finalized to supplement India’s Information Technology Amendment Act 2008, rules are being included that will indirectly allow the Indian government to control content being published on the Internet.
Detailed information is contained in this post at Medianama. To paraphrase the new bill - It will shut down a website (blog, site, social network) if it -
- violates copyright.
- threatens sovereignty
- whistle blowing
The people creating this new bill are extremely intelligent, not intelligent enough to catch and prosecute the folks raping and pillaing this country through their well designed and elaborate scams. However they are fairly intelligent in creating a device to prosecute anyone that points a finger at anyone doing the raping and pillaging.
A government, any government that has to hide its own corruption and criminal activity must suppress, prosecute and then silence. First they suppress the means of communication, then they prosecute those who continue to contravene the dictat. They strangle the freedom of speech and the ability of the people to raise questions which might be uncomfortable.
Like all such regulations the wording is kept as vague as possible to allow them to cover as much ground as possible so that they can count on the vagaries of language and procedure to silence someone.
The attempt to control what is published and what is deemed offensive is a planned step towards removing accountability from governmental equations and giving them free reign to become a tyranny. They push the envelope, the people dont resist so they continue to push even more.
This regulation is the second step. We already have a censor board for films which has not been disbanded. In the best traditions of the Gestapo its only a matter of time before they come to our houses in the dead of night and then take us.
It is begining. They will give us a little progress and in return take our freedom, one by one, bit by bit. They will use arguments of patriotism, national security and our great culture, to shut up anyone who has a contrary viewpoint.
So its really up to us, to get out of our funk, to leave our cricket team be and pay a little attention to this little sideshow. The robber barons of government are afraid that the people in India will wake up like they have in Egypt and Libya and their little charade will be over.
To quote Alan Moore, People shouldnt be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of the people.
Jus so these bureaucrats know and understand.. fat fucking chance you have of regulating the internet without having a million people walk into your living room.
Go on. Try It.
To be very clear, when i say government i mean all political parties, The Congress, The UPA, The BJP all of them. Leanings aside, they are all just as corrupt inside.
These views are my own and do not reflect those of Blogger, Medianama & Wikipedia. Just in case the government wishes to shut everyone down using this is an excuse :)