of free speech and bans

(PS – this post is not about a specific government or ideology or community, but a brief attempt to summarize what overall is happening is right or wrong) Technology is static concept..unable to move, unable to interact unless the dynamic concept of its users get involved in it.

Twitter, Facebook are good technologies meant to create digital connection and interactions between people who are otherwise hard to meet in real world.

So far it is good.

But from past few months, things are getting complex for Indian government and Indian netizans. There have been specific cases where Indian government has urged social networks to monitor disturbing content being uploaded on sites. Here disturbing content means anything picture, post that contains offensive material to either disrupt social harmony (do we have it?)  or directly the government.

In unofficial way, Indian government is telling social networks to remove anything that it deems to believe to be offensive and can cause damage to governments image in peoples mind or worldwide.

Perfect step taken by Indian government..except that it is totally nonsense and wrong.

Some genius elements in Indian government totally fail to understand that they are playing a fools game by banning technology and curbing free speech ( which in unofficially non existent in today’s Indian society ), why cant they realize that instead of banning entire sites, or banning sms..they should target specific groups that are misusing technology to disrupt government functioning..

And this is where government fails miserably. There is no way government has any kind of system to monitor users..no intelligence can provide them information..or even if intelligence provides information, the government is rarely seen to act promptly on this..yesterday sushil kumar shinderevealed that home ministry had warned state government of possible riots in mumbai..as usual, state government waited till few crores of property was damaged and people on twitter got enough material to be angry for weeks..

Frankly..what is twitter ? It is just a microblogging site that allows people to post 140 character updates, allows people to follow, block, RT each other..thats all. This is static or fixed functionality of twitter. What probably inflammatory on it is the people who are using or misusing it for their purpose. this is the dynamic part of social network which needs attention

And just to prove me wrong..police, ie a government body has decided to target people and arrest them and remove their websites and content. Police have arrested Aseem Trivedi who was associated with IAC in their recent tussle with GOI..This linkwill provide more information..and the charges put against him are quite serious for anyone.

Is this the beginning of the end? Or a new beginning where all our probable fears will be proved to be true? What chaos and what challenges lies ahead?

Time will tell..