India blocks 32 popular websites – including Vimeo, Daily Motion and GitHub

Web 2.0, Websites

Worrying news from India today as it has emerged that the government there has ordered Internet Service Providers to block 32 major websites – ostensibly because of the threat from ISIS (or ISIL, or Islamic State).


According to Quartz, the sites are being blocked for “Anti-India” content that had been posted by ISIS supporters – and that only websites that are cooperating with the government and removing the dodgy content is being unblocked.

Whilst everyone thinks that ISIS are dicks, we can’t help but be a little unnerved by the Indian government’s actions in this case. India, unlike say China, has been a functioning pluralistic democracy for decades… and you’d think that freedom of expression might be valued in such a society. In any case, blocking a few websites isn’t going to stop ISIS. Here’s hoping that the decision is reversed soon.

James O’Malley
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