Kracktivist Blog 2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 360,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 7 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

TATADOCOMO #censorship on wordpress- step by step guide #FOE


So how is the censorship of TATA working on wordpress blogs, for last one week for me . I do not know If   I was lucky to leave my wordpress.blog,  logged on my laptop hence  I can pen the link  http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ it opens and then this is what happens , have a look yourself

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So now,  I cannot see the post on my blog, i copy the url link and post on egroups, Fb and other forums to share . the tagging does not work and now once published i cannot edit, its gone after i click publish button, my own post is inaccessible to me . The dashboard, never ever opens, only the stats and write post, the first pic which you sees above opens.

So i wonder technically its complete block, and that might be intentional to say that atleats 50 % functions can be performed and its a technical snag on Tata’s part, just thinking from devil Tata’s mind :-).

I have sent my compliant to Tata, you can see here https://www.facebook.com/notes/kamayani-bali-mahabal/complaint-to-tatadocmo-on-the-blanket-ban-on-wordpresscom/10152072518095179

Now i await their reply !!!

suggestions, comments welcome :-)- although i will nto be able to approve thanks to censorship but i will be able to read them

 

My Scream at #Tatadocomo- KNOCK KNOCK-KOI HAI ?


 

 EMAIL SENT TO –csmumbai@tatatel.co.in

To

 

Complaint Dept

 

Tata Docmo

 

Dated- 27th August 2012

 

Sub- Inaccessibility of  my blog for last five days

 

 

 This is to inform you that for the last 5 days, I am unable to update or add content to any of my four blogs , namely  

 https://kractivist.wordpress.com/,

 http://fassmumbai.wordpress.com/  ,-

 http://kashmirsolidaritymumbai.wordpress.com/, 

 http://kabirkalamanch.wordpress.com 

 

hosted on the wordpress domain or even create a brand new blog . This is a complete violation of my fundamental rights accorded to me under the constitution of India.

 

 

While the Government of India may have requested for the blocking of some sub domains like xyx.wordpress.com, you have gone into overdrive and blocked all the sub domains or blogs hosted on WordPress, which is the most common free publishing software on the Internet. 

 

There ahs been no official statement from your side on the ban,  and when trying your toll free numbers I have been in a circus for last 5 days.

 

When  I call 1800-266-121,  after following all instructions of one of your animated voices and am asked to call -toll free-1800-266-1515 and following the same animated voice instructions then  I  am asked to dial  18602-665555 and  then once again i I am asked to dial 1800-266-1515. I am not interested to play office- office with your staff. As it is the poor customer care guys somewhere in no mans land have been given lines to memorise like a parrot and speak politely and insist that what they say is right and not the customer.

 

 

Finally today, on chat support, I was graciously told by Krishna ( no pun intended)  the chat i am attaching,  when i I insisted on an email id to write to you.

 

 

I am also attaching what  I  get when i try to log on to my blogs

 

 

Now , I would like a reply in 24 hours, from now. I have already lost 5  days of my crucial work, besides the mental agony and waste of time .

 

Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal

 

I India- s the govt caught in the ‘censorship’ web?


We have seen a raging controversy around the government decision over the last week to ten days to block a few hundred web pages and some Twitter handles. After many protests, the government insisted that it had only clamped down web pages that actually were capable of inciting communal violence or contributing to the unrest. But is that really the case, or is this the case of the government blurring the lines between free speech and hate speech? Is this about political censorship?

Watch the NDTV debate– http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/we-the-people/is-the-govt-caught-in-the-censorship-web/244248

Blanket Ban -WordPress domain across India #Tatadocmo #WTFnews


 

25 Aug, 2012, 5:44 pm IST | by tech2 News Staff | Services

Latest reports confirm that Tata Photon has blocked access to the WordPress.com domain across India, following a government order to block web pages containing offensive content. Apparently, the ISP has resorted to a blanket ban, blocking access to the entire site instead of clamping down on specific web pages carrying unacceptable content. WordPress is accessible through other ISPs such as Airtel and Reliance. However, there is no clarity yet about any other ISP blocking out WordPress entirely, and we are in the process of verifying this.

 

We find that the domain can be accessed through means such as free proxy websites when using a Tata Photon connection, which could indicate that the problem does not lie with the WordPress server. Despite the inability to view WordPress websites and blogs, those with registered accounts on WordPress are able to log in to the website. Certain portions of the Dashboard or website backend are known to have been blocked, and what remains accessible is functioning very slowly for Tata Photon users. Users cannot edit or post new content at the moment, but can view sections such as the website’s stats. However, this all-encompassing block seems to be affecting only the WordPress.com platform and not WordPress.org. 

Error message

The error message that most users are coming to

 

 

A blogger by the name ‘Anon and on’ has written, “I can’t access any WordPress.com blog from home. Neither can I open up the window for a new post or access any support forums. I’ve cleared the cache and tried different browsers, but no luck. All I can do is log in. If I try to see any WordPress.com blog or access my Dashboard or hit “New Post”,  the notification I get is that the server couldn’t be contacted and that I should check my connection. Which I would do if it wasn’t for the fact that I can open any and every other website”.

 

We tried to contact Tata Photon to get a clear idea, but it was unavailable for comment. We also contacted Tata Photon users, who run their websites and blogs on the WordPress platform. They said they have been unable to access the service since Monday. Many users tweeted out their puzzlement and frustration after discovering that they were suddenly unable to view their own blogs and sites. 

“Tata simply blocked 25 MILLION wordpress blogs @cis_india highlight this”

 “Not able to open http://Wordpress.com blogs on Tata Photon Plus.”

“all wordpress blogs blocked in Tata photon plus”

It’s some Tata Photon bug. WordPress working fine with Reliance.”

“There is a known issue with Tata Photon and WordPress. Found 5 people who have the same.”

 

In protest, some bloggers from across the country have formed a group called the Indian Bloggers’ Forum. The forum plans to approach the Supreme Court with a PIL seeking immediate unblocking of their blogs and websites.

 

Earlier this week, a list containing 309 URLs sought to be banned by the government in light of the Assam violence and the subsequent exodus in northeast India was leaked online. The URLs comprising Twitter accounts, HTML img tags, blog posts, entire blogs, and a handful of websites, were blocked between August 18 and 21. In an analysis of the leaked information, Pranesh Prakash, Programme Manager at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) wrote, “It is clear that the list was not compiled with sufficient care”. The list included WordPress.com and WordPress.org among other domains. However, only select entries – 3 from WordPress.org and 8 from WordPress.com- were meant to be blocked out. 

 

The clampdown on websites with content deemed to be offensive and disruptive led to the Indian government ordering the blocking of around 310 web pages. The Centre began to come down heavily on the channels it believed were playing a role in triggering fear, and leading to violence and the mass displacement of Indians from the northeast. It has been reported that morphed images and videos were uploaded to these websites with the intention of inciting the Muslim community in the country.

 

If your access to WordPress has been blocked, let us know in your comments. 

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