The Economic Times reports that Indian diplomats have been asked not to log on to social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut and Ibibo, and prohibited from using P2P music sharing software like Kazaa, photo sharing sites like Flickr and Picasa. They’ve also been asked to not use GMail, Yahoo or Hotmail for official communication, instead, stick to the ministry’s own mail system. 

Well, at least in case of some government officials, their published official email addresses don’t even work – I’ve found that mails sent to TRAI officials tend to bounce, and it is easier to contact them via their GMail or Yahoo Mail IDs. Email is one thing, but have officials really been using P2P software like Kazaa? I wonder what their “official” download speeds are like.