Sedo.co.uk, the popular domain name marketplace, is blocked in India. On visiting Sedo.co.uk from MTNL Delhi, we’re getting the boilerplate message “This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications”. (hat tip: @mohak)
This exercise is futile because you can access the site going to https://sedo.co.uk instead of http://sedo.co.uk. Secondly, you can always go to sedo.com. Why the UK URL of a domain marketplace would be blocked is beyond my reasoning.
The ISP hasn’t specified who exactly has directed it to block access to Sedo, and this could be one of many domains that are blocked without most users being aware of why the site has been blocked. If you’re running an Internet or Mobile Internet business, it could happen to you, just like it happened to Mauj owned apps marketplace Mobango last year.
On a slightly positive note, at least there is a message this time, since in case of blocks earlier, pages just didnt load.
Like we’ve said time and again, we need more and better disclosures from government bodies and ISPs, and if access to information and business is being restricted, there needs to be a detailed mechanism for removal of blocks indicated.
In case you know of any other sites that are blocked, please leave a comment below with the URL and your ISP.