On a related note, this has appeared on *The Economic Times* :
" Five reasons why India can't censor the Internet"
"*Yes, Internet content has the permanence and public-impact potential that
a phone call does not, but equally, it lends itself brilliantly to
*3. Peer review works: Wikipedia is the best example. Who could have
imagined that a user-created encyclopedia could be so objective, and
comprehensive? Yes, anyone can go in and edit anything (barring entries
like "Kapil Sibal", which have been locked due to vandalism!). *
*If you make an inappropriate change, someone will come in and correct it.*"
On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
This is basically restriction of freedom of expression
and it will
hurt Wikipedia much more than it hurts Twitter or Facebook.
On 07/12/2011, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:06, Achal Prabhala
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Indian Minister Kapil Sibal Wants to
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:02:10 +0530
From: Achal Prabhala <aprabhala(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <
I just want to write that there was a community member who seemed to be
the notion ImageFilter is the technical fix for
what Kapil Sibal is
proposing(without probably understanding / knowing much) and connecting
two distinct things. Yes Sibal showed some images
as examples for his
support, but what Sibal means is much more and prescreening of every byte
of user generated content. Please tell that member that linking up 2
different things is not a good idea. ImageFilter needs to be discussed
its own merits / demerits and this thing that
Sibal proposes means much
more than images.
If at all the legislation comes and is being enforced, I think Wikimedia
projects are better equipped *technically* than other social media sites
cited to support the local laws(so that we need not be banned if that
to that extreme) with a combination of
ImageFilter / FlaggedRevisions and
some more customizations, but thats not where we would like to go.
Community is already not so strong and needs support, there is so much
to do in increasing content, censorship will
cripple Indian community if
such a thing happens.
There are many questions that the communities need to decide as to submit
to Indian laws (if at all they come through) and I hope the situation
not arise for us to take those tough calls.
PS : I would not like to post / join foundation-l myself since it has
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