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Times of India : Twitter, Facebook users target Sibal

"Sibal's Wikipedia profile was edited 21 times by web users and activists on Tuesday . His profile was locked later in the evening due to a large amount of web activists trying to edit simultaneously, describing him in unkind words."


On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucherian@gmail.com> wrote:
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 self-regulation. 

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. "

Tinu Cherian 

On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <parakara.ghoda@gmail.com> wrote:
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@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:06, Achal Prabhala <aprabhala@gmail.com> wrote:
>> fyi
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject:        Re: [Foundation-l] Indian Minister Kapil Sibal Wants to
>> Censor
>> social
>> Date:   Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:02:10 +0530
>> From:   Achal Prabhala <aprabhala@gmail.com>
>> To:     Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <
>> foundation-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> I just want to write that there was a community member who seemed to be of
> the notion ImageFilter is the technical fix for what Kapil Sibal is
> proposing(without probably understanding / knowing much) and connecting the
> 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 with
> 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 goes
> 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 work
> 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 does
> not arise for us to take those tough calls.
> PS : I would not like to post / join foundation-l myself since it has high
> --
> Regards
> Srikanth.L

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Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on December 10th.

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