Quote of the day, Jan. 5

The Hindu, editorial of Jan. 5, 2015, on censorship

“But in blocking URLs, the government speaks of not just content that poses a direct threat to public order and security, but also the spread of ‘propaganda’—which is a perilously vague term with the potential to impinge on fundamental rights … Blocking websites is rarely an effective method to curb terror activities. Competent users can circumvent with ease such restrictions through Proxies and Virtual Private Networks. Instead of blocking websites outright, a more coordinated public-private dialogue should be the way ahead. Giving national security precedence over all else, including fundamental rights, is an often-exploited narrative that needs to be closely scrutinised, without reducing this scrutiny to a ‘with us-or-against us’ logic.”


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