DoT Reportedly Orders Blocking of 32 Websites Including GitHub, Archive.org, SourceForge

Several websites, including many software development resources such as GitHub and SourceForge, along with research resources like the Internet Archive have all been blocked on order of the Department of Telecom. A letter circulating online shows a list of 32 URLs that ISPs have reportedly been ordered to block, with most of these URLs being entire websites, instead of specific webpages that’s usually been the case with such blocks in the past.

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Such blocks in the past have been due to John Doe orders but the fact it is targeting software development sites like Github and Sourceforge is strange – the John Doe orders have specifically been used to block piracy of films, and blocking off sites that have no connection to movies makes no sense.

Arvind Gupta, the National Head of the BJP IT cell also took to Twitter, stating that these websites were being blocked for security reasons, based on the advice of the Anti-Terrorism Squad. According to Gupta’s Tweets, the sites were being unblocked as soon as they removed “objectionable materials”, allegedly related to ISIS.

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