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Anonymous India’s Takedowns Could Be Counterproductive

As I write this, Anonymous India has apparently taken down MTNL's website, citing the ISPs decision to block sites, without apparently being quite aware why it is doing that. Last night, the collective claimed to have taken down the website of the ISPAI, India's ISP Association. Last Saturday, there were discussions on the groups IRC to take down the website for the Ministry of Company Affairs. So far, it has taken down websites for the Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited, All Indian Trinamool Congress (AITMC), as well as several websites related to the Mizoram government, apart from accessing and publishing server logs from Reliance Communications. Anonymous India's activities do help: they increase awareness of India's war on the Internet, both by the government through legislation and censorship, and by movie producers and copyright owners through takedown notices and John Doe orders. There still remain citizens online who aren't aware of why they aren't able to access legitimate content - last night, someone from the books publishing industry asked me why she wasn't able to access the video in this post on 'Designing for the Future Book' on her Airtel connection. The video is hosted on Vimeo, which remains blocked in India.  Now she knows why. Anonymous India has also shed light on what all is being blocked by sharing what are allegedly Reliance Communications' logs on blocks. These logs suggest that ISPs were going beyond the mandate given to them by the courts and the government. It's also clear that ISPs aren't protecting the rights…

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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