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User's Message-to CMD for censorship of "xxx" sites
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A Posting-
About censorship From india-gii@cpsr.com mailinglist

Related Links

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Suggested software -For Parental control of of "xxx" sites
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Electronic Frontier Foundation - Repository of Information about fight for Freedom of Speech in USA
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High Court Suit against censorship - A suit filed and pending in High Court against censorship
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Electronic Frontier Foundation - Read about CDA (Communication Decency Act) and COPA (Child Online Protection Act.
Censorship and Internet in India: Can We Keep Internet In India free?
by Dr. Raj Mehta

User's cc to me and his permission to publish on "The Guide":

From: "Nand Gopal Bang"
To: "GIAS Helpdesk"
Cc: "Dr. Raj Mehta"
Subject: Re: Blocking of Pornographic sites
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 19:29:20 +0530
Message-ID: <01be3bd8$411f5620
$LocalHost@bangs.vsnl.net.in>
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KIND ATT :AMITABH KUMAR
ACTING CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR

DEAR SIR,

Thanks for yr New Year Greetings. I also thank you for improving the vsnl internet services at lot last year. Previously we had lot of problem even in connecting to vsnl. This problem is no more with installation of additional lines.

But there are some other manageable issues which need to be addressed like blocking of `xxx'(pornographic ) sites. Otherwise our our youth will be misled by viewing these sites. Also if these sites are not blocked parents etc will not encourage the internet for fear of their children viewing these sites.

Awaiting your kind reply in this regard.

Thanks & Regards

-----Original Message-----

From: GIAS Helpdesk
Date: Thursday, December 31, 1998 11:58 PM

GREETINGS FROM VSNL

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Dear Internet Users,

It is my great pleasure and privilege to greet you on the new year and convey my best wishes for a happy new year.

We are but one year away from the new century and the new millenium. When we consider the greatest developments of the century, Internet will certainly feature amongst one of them. The capability to network hundreds of millions seamlessly is indeed a development which is without precedence.

As one of the family of Internet users in the country we are indeed fortunate to be a part of the revolution now sweeping the globe.

VSNL, as the harbinger of commercial Internet service in India since 1995 remain committed to the Internet services as a core area. VSNL has welcomed the new IT policy and the liberalization of Internet services in the country which will help increase the spread of services in the country and help attain a critical mass.

We are aware that as an Internet user today, you have a choice of an Internet service provider. We value your patronage of VSNL Internet and are fully committed to provide you a high grade service, which will be better than any ISP in India.

To give a Birds Eyeview of our proposed Internet plans for the current year:

  • VSNL will provide a free Home Page to every user. This will be announced during the first fortnight of January, 1999.
  • E-Mail to Paging services will be announced shortly.
  • Voice retrieval of E-Mail message is also planned to be provided during the year.

Your feedback on our services have helped us immensely and we do look forward to continue receiving your comments and suggestions.

Yours sincerely,

AMITABH KUMAR
ACTING CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR

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His permission to post:

From: "Nand Gopal Bang"
To: "Dr. Raj Mehta"
Subject: Re: Blocking of Pornographic sites
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:20:25 +0530
Message-ID: <01be3d2e$aafab6a0$aa5c36ca@bangs.vsnl.net.in>
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DEAR SIR,

I WOULD BE VERY GLAD & GRATEFUL TO YOU IF YOU DO SO. IT IS GOOD CAUSE & OBVIOUSLY REQUIRES NO PERMISSION WHATSOEVER.

AS THE SAYING IN HINDI GOES `NEKI , AUR PUCH PUCH KAR'.

I DONT WHEN VSNL CAN BLOCK SITES LIKE `NET2 PHONE' WHY THEY CANNOT BLOCK SITE LIKE THESE.

THANKS FOR YR KIND REPLY.

KIND REGARDS -----Original Message----- From: Dr. Raj Mehta
To: Nand Gopal Bang
Date: Monday, January 11, 1999 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: Blocking of Pornographic sites

Dear Shri Nand Gopal,

I received your mail as quoted below.

The issues you bring to light are really important and vital for the future development of the Internet in India.

I would like to publicize them and get some feedback from the other Internet users.

I am seeking your permission to put this on on my web site:

http://guide.vsnl.net.in

in its entirety and seek people to send you and me feedback on this issue.

Also I will like to post this mail with my comments on a mailing list called

india-gii@cpsr.org

moderated by one Mr. Arun Mehta in Delhi.

This mailing list discusses such issues of social impact. This way we can have good feedback on how people view this issue.

As I mentioned above I need your permission to publish this at both forums.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards

raj



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