I view any attempts at this kind of action by government in the name of
regulation as an attack on democracy and vote to fight it.

Let us not assume the Government is free from defects - far from it, in
recent times they seem to be the ones riddled with the most. I would advise
that the community take an absolutely clear stand that they oppose it in
this matter. I do not think this matter is something where neutrality is an
option - it would be akin to being neutral about pollution.

Let us remember that regulation in the name of patriotism / nanny-like
defending of the population is exactly what successive repressive regimes in
human history started out with. The path to hell is paved with good
intentions. Let us not make the fatal mistake of blindly trusting any
authority or assuming any hubris that India is not susceptible to falling to
tyranny. And it's not like we'd be alone in taking a stand against
government policy - we will have the company of each and every human rights
organization and NGO and the press and every concerned netizen in the
country, not to mention all of the same from all around the world. There
really is nothing to fear here but fear itself.

Wikipedia's existence in itself is a proof that it pays to not give in to
any authority. It has actually helped bring about social change at many
places, please watch this TED Talk for the corelation:
http://www.ted.com/talks/wael_ghonim_inside_the_egyptian_revolution.html


Cheers,
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On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM, Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org>wrote:

> A few additional data points:
>
>
> http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/bloggers-call-content-regulation-a-gag-on-freedom/articleshow/7659593.cms
>
> And CIS's RTI on the ban last week:
> http://www.cis-india.org/advocacy/igov/blog/rtis-on-website-blocking
>
> A question: Should/could we as a community have an opinion on this?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Best,
>
> Gautam
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