Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thanks, Mr. Ambani, for thwarting free online education in India

Given our efforts to provide free education in Software Engineering—an area where India is known to be a strong player—it was particularly disconcerting to read that numerous Web sites including Vimeo and Pastebin have been blocked in India at the ISP level due to a court order.

According to articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, it sounds like you should make your displeasure known to Reliance Entertainment, a media company largely controlled by media mogul Anil Ambani.

Other news sources report that some ISPs are still allowing Vimeo and Pastebin through, and that proxies and VPNs can be used to circumvent the blockage.

We don’t plan to move our content, and we’re confident the world’s largest democracy will respond appropriately to what amounts to censorship, as we said in our SaaS TV Chat this week.

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