On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:06, Achal Prabhala <aprabhala@gmail.com> wrote:

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Subject:        Re: [Foundation-l] Indian Minister Kapil Sibal Wants to Censor
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 SNR IMO.