sarbajit roy | 26 Mar 17:10 2015
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NEWSWEEK: Manipulating Wikipedia to Promote a Bogus Business School

Manipulating Wikipedia to Promote a Bogus Business School

http://www.newsweek.com/2015/04/03/manipulating-wikipedia-promote-bogus-business-school-316133.html
By Alastair Sloan / March 24, 2015 12:20 PM EDT

Vickram and/or veteran Wikimedians on this channel can know that on 13
March 2015 I had already filed a formal IT Act case concerning
'inter-alia' these gangs of rogue extortionate Wikipedia
administrators hiding behind their anonymity and multiple fictitious
IDs and who have given Indian Wikimedians a bad name.

In my complaint I have asked for "Wifione" to be unmasked and
prosecuted for ruining the lives of thousands of Indian students. My
action was preceded by 2 years of dialog by our side with fellow
Wikipedians / WMF and a 3 month action in Switzerland brought by WMF
against me which then gave me a cause of action to file the IT case in
India.

In our instances, we were subjected to illegal demands and financial
threats since 2013 and my dialog with Wikimedia Foundation's legal
counsel repeatedly ran into a brick wall of solid indifference and
evasions to protect their anonymous admins. It was only thanks to a
proactive Indian board member that things started moving and 5 old
time Wikimedia Admins were eventually "globally banned" in December
2014 as a result of coordinated efforts between veteran members of the
WIKIMEDIA community who had seceded in 2008 from the WMF's "projects"
after realizing what d****b*gs they were.

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Vickram Crishna | 25 Mar 05:42 2015
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Re: 66A outed

I assume this was meant for the list ;-). I notice that my phone email client also has difficulties handling the reply-to-all option. 

In India, net neutrality is seriously hampered by the implicit monopolies and oligopolies encouraged in the teeth of an apparently cut-throat competition amongst the telcos. There appears to be universal acclaim for this model and the low calling rates it has brought about.

What is missing is the discussion on data. Since voice is treated as a digital artefact, universalising data access makes the provision of voice access a triviality, in theory. The role of telcos moves towards backbone provision, with devices enabled to maximise data movement on whichever frequency and protocol delivers the best solution, technically. Could this be achieved today by devolving last mile access to a plethora of local networks, none of which is permitted a monopoly? Can we understand just why this might in any negative manner impact end-user prices for voice?

There are serious and important issues around the use of wireless, we should not forget. At the present moment in time, the situation is such that industry and government seem placed together, shouldering a battle against controlling indiscriminate radiation, a situation that only seems to affect humans who do not work for government or telcos, it would seem, from the quality of discussions. In practice, the industry solution has proliferated systems in place that tend to boost radiation at dangerously close distances (the phones) and in concentrations at longer distances (the cell towers). 

I am not saying that a widely devolved solution would always work in the public interest. How would I know? But it has worked where telcos fear to tread, such as Djursland in Denmark and northern Spain, the Guifi network. 

For India, it seems to reach out to that much maligned bottom of the pyramid, that magical place where Mana Radio and Airjaldi could today have been providing high quality digital data access in their backwater regions (not geographically backwaters, you understand, one is the Deccan traps and the other the Himalaya), connecting them to the world through locally built initiatives, no billionaires taking over. If not for the monopoly of the airwaves.

Vickram

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From:"Nikhil Pahwa" <nix.subs-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
Date:Tue, 24 Mar, 2015 at 7:53 pm
Subject:Re: [india-gii] 66A outed

Net neutrality. :)

On Mar 24, 2015 11:33 AM, "Vickram Crishna" <v1clist-/E1597aS9LT10XsdtD+oqA@public.gmane.org> wrote:


http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-live-supreme-court-strikes-down-section-66a-of-it-act-2071523

Unconstitutional. Use of vague terms.

What is the next stage for the movement that persisted in getting this clarification from the Supreme Court?

Vickram

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Vickram Crishna | 24 Mar 07:00 2015
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66A outed


http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-live-supreme-court-strikes-down-section-66a-of-it-act-2071523

Unconstitutional. Use of vague terms.

What is the next stage for the movement that persisted in getting this clarification from the Supreme Court?

Vickram

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Banibrata Dutta | 24 Feb 06:01 2015
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Smart Cities and some disturbing justifications, plans...

Not sure if many have seen this, but there are few disturbing and (seemingly) fundamentally flawed arguments being discussed, in the context of Smart Cities, what they should aim to achieve, and how. There seems to be almost no discussion of the collateral damage that these could bring, bringing in greater divide in the society of haves and have-nots, but resorting to private police-force, to retain order. Not that the ills being discussed, do not exist already, but this may even seem like a move to codify and ratify the ills as constitutionally acceptable norm, but within the confines of the smart cities.

Since smart-cities have everything to do with IT and communications, though a lot more... thought that it might be of interest to this group.

https://aamjanata.com/smart-cities-cleverly-disguised-corporate-colonies/

It might be easy to brush aside arguments as "conspiracy theories", but the title of the Smart Cities being cleverly disguised corporate colonies, or colonies of the rich few, to feed-off the poor many... doesn't seem too hard to believe.

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Sarbajit Roy | 20 Feb 22:08 2015
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The Great SIM Heist How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

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AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

The company targeted by the intelligence agencies, Gemalto, is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next-generation credit cards. Among its clients are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world. The company operates in 85 countries and has more than 40 manufacturing facilities. One of its three global headquarters is in Austin, Texas and it has a large factory in Pennsylvania.

In all, Gemalto produces some 2 billion SIM cards a year. Its motto is “Security to be Free.”

With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt.


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Manuj Gupta | 22 Jan 08:07 2015
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DND Sharing of phone number

Whenever I get a spam SMS, I generally report it to the service provider for action through one of the apps I have. However, surprisingly, yesterday I got a call from one of the persons whose number I had reported for withdrawing the complaint. The person was apologetic enough but I wasnt/am not really sure what mechanism exists for withdrawing complaints once they have been reported. Does anyone know?

Also, I am still baffled as to how could the service provider share my phone number with this person so freely without even asking me? Does anyone know if this is allowed?



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Nikhil Pahwa | 16 Jan 15:49 2015
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How Indian telcos are justifying violation of net neutrality

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ken | 14 Jan 14:33 2015
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Internet an instrument for masses, so net neutrality is key: Ravi Shankar Prasad

I cannot comment on whether India's government will ever do more than 
say the right things. Some truths hold true regardless of borders, 
cultures, and governments.

What I will say is that this group represents some incredibly talented 
and well placed people, almost all of whom I am thrilled to interact 
with. (Due credit to our list hosts.)

To each and every one of you, I suggest the following; go out and loudly 
proclaim your support for those who have announced these plans and 
continue to do so until people are close to sick and tired of hearing 
you repeat yourselves. Because, if there is anything I have learned in 
this world, when enough people voice support for a politician, they 
begin to listen.

/rant

The article can be found at the link below.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/internet-an-instrument-for-masses-so-net-neutrality-is-key-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/45878608.cms
ken | 12 Jan 00:35 2015
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Andhra Pradesh government plans 15 Mbps broadband service at Rs 150/month

Is someone finally listening?

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/andhra-pradesh-government-plans-15-mbps-broadband-service-at-rs-150/month/articleshow/45840683.cms
sarbajit roy | 3 Jan 10:03 2015
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Re: ACT fibrenet, Bangalore blocking Dailymotion.com etc

Dear Vickram

There are alarming dimensions to this matter which are not in public domain.

I for one support aspects of this petition, though not the petitioner
and his associates, and call for upholding of the ITGR 2011 and
enforcement mechanisms on all foreign ISPs and hosting companies,
especially Wikimedia, to put in place a system for content takedowns
by a  "Grievance Officer" under Indian law for affected persons - or
else to be blocked in India.

IAC had taken the first step by getting Wikimedia's India's "Live
search engine" effectively disabled, and we were awaiting the Supreme
Court indications before taking further steps, which is now clear to
us, against the foreign parents and the legal fictions they employ.

BTW: You may be interested in this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Wifione
in context of the 'Nichalp' {Nicholas Alphonso} discussions on Wikimedia India

Sarbajit

On 1/3/15, Vickram Crishna <v1clist <at> yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> ”Everything is on the internet.  What will you hide?”
>
> The court said, “Indian society is very mature and knows the difference
> between entertainment and other things.”
>
> Clearly, both the government and the lower courts need some amount of basic
> education. Perhaps the Supreme Court (the CJI is being quoted here, in re
> the PK case) could consider running coaching classes. The money they make
> could be used to ensure that less frivolous cases are filed, and government
> officers who waste our precious time and money to pursue obscurantism are
> restrained with prejudice. Not extreme prejudice, that is their own
> exclusive domain.
>
> I understand that the petition filed in the lower court alleges that some
> internet content causes rape and other violence. I don't know if the
> petition named these 32 sites also, or whether it had a longer list that was
> then whittled down by an omniscient DeITy, or we have some really smart
> people who are able to list the most dangerous but accessible Web sites in
> the world (but who might yet benefit from an education, nonetheless).
>
> So what do the members of this list think? Can a case be made against the
> petitioner (his name is public, but I see no reason to afford him even the
> tiniest personal publicity) that his malicious petition has resulted in
> palpable damage to legal entities resident in India, including programmers
> and AV content developers? Apparently, in Indian courts, it is not necessary
> to draw any rational link between cause and effect while claiming damages.
>
> Vickram

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Vickram Crishna | 3 Jan 04:59 2015
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Fw: Re: ACT fibrenet, Bangalore blocking Dailymotion.com etc

Sorry, should have been addressed to the list.

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From:"Vickram Crishna" <v1clist-/E1597aS9LT10XsdtD+oqA@public.gmane.org>
Date:Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm
Subject:Re: [india-gii] ACT fibrenet, Bangalore blocking Dailymotion.com etc

Quite interesting. The minutes appear to be quite 'select', with technical experts statements describing the complications being quoted as recommendations. It seems to me many of them will have far more reason (not vague allegations that imho would be difficult if not impossible to back up with any reliable study, but that seem to still have the attention of the Supreme Court. Prima facie, it would seem that the CBI court is far more diligent today than the Supreme Court when it comes to assessing preliminary evidence) to challenge the government in court if their statements are used as supporting evidence to champion the setting up of the giant firewall of India.

At this rate, it will be difficult to find any far-thinking person or association of persons to participate in governmental deliberations. But in any case, the selection of members from civil society appears to have been such a huge task that in the end, nobody was invited at all! I suppose representatives of industry will keep showing up as long as the stated stance of the government is pro-industry.

Till, as Pastor Neimoller wrote, ”there was none left to speak for me”.

Vickram

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From:"Nikhil Pahwa" <nix.subs <at> gmail.com>
Date:Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm
Subject:Re: [india-gii] ACT fibrenet, Bangalore blocking Dailymotion.com etc

minutes of the CRAC meeting where internet filters to block porn (among other things) were discussed. AFAIK, the sense is that this is a case that will lead to an Internet filter being set up


On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM, Kiritkumar Lathia <kplathia-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO AL and your loved onesL! Those who are in bangaluru should join COMSNETS (see comsnets.org) for interesting conference on Internet and the panel discussions.

Regards

On 1 January 2015 at 09:01, Sashikumar N <sashikumar.n-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:

This is the best illustration of ostrich head buried in the sand. The law enforcement, judiciary and political class is dwelling in bygone eras or in stone age. What do they know about github? At least they can get advice from people who know about this.  It's laughable that they talk about modern India and all other crap. If only Internet is a medium that can give hafta to all this idiots, we will have free Internet. Talk about living in India with hope, that one day things will change for good. Sorry for the rambling, just felt like venting it out.

On 1 Jan 2015 12:50, "Punit Rathod" <punitrathod-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=114259

This is just a case of an overzealous policeman and an equally overzealous magistrate breaking the Internets. Just because we find a terrorist holed up in a rental apartment in Kolkata, does not mean we need to impose curfew in the entire Country. 

india-gii list has discussed this issue of extensively in Q4-2011 and Q1-2012 when amendments were being made to the IT act to make this possible. 

Seems like a lot of undo is required to restore sanity. But, this may be too much to ask given that our security forces carry the attitude that banning VoIP entirely is a solution to stopping treat calls to SRK!


On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM, Akshay Mishra <akshaymishra-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
<warning - nerd joke>
with github ban, is the Indian government planning to ban the "make" in India ... ? :-)
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On 26 December 2014 at 10:05, rishi tarar <rishi.usp-Re5JQEeQqe8@public.gmane.orgm> wrote:
It's directed by Supreme Court of india on the petition filed by kamlesh vaswani to block all the pornographic sites but ASG said no to blocking of all the websites but assures that govt will review this matter by the team of Cyber Regulation Advisory Committee & will try to resolve this matter. This petition filed in reference to blocking of all porno sites by govt of Chine and Pakistan.

list of the sites was blocked by dot in past.
http://www.youbroadband.in/List%20of%20Blocked%20Websites-Regulatory%20Guidelines%20&%20HighCourt%20Orders.pdf
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/dot-orders-blocking-of-73-urls-with-content-critical-of-iipm-including-a-ugc-notice-report/373152-11.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Video-sharing-sites-blocked-on-court-order/articleshow/13234623.cms


On Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM, Sashikumar N <sashikumar.n-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Dear All,
Does anyone know any recent DoT circular blocking dailymotion.com, piratebay.se etc? Of late i noticed the ACT fibrenet has been blocking these sites. Sometimes, even some news urls are blocked. When inquired, they were saying its blocked because of DoT, I feel its an excuse for censoring with unspecified reasons. When  asked for specific circular details with date etc, but they are unable to give any answer. Can ISPs block the sites on their own? 

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