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Indian ISPs Are Jamming Access to Internet Archive

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People reported on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, that the Internet service providers have jammed access to the Internet Archive. Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that runs the Wayback Machine. This Wayback Machine consists of a massive archive of all the web pages that are dating back to over a decade. Internet Archive confirmed to this news. They are aware of the situation and are keen to “see full access restored to archive.org.”

Reports also suggest that subscribers of Airtel, Aircel, and Act Internet, along with some other carriers, received a DoT notification. They received it when they tried to access the Internet Archive. First people have to go to the website. Then, the notification will read, “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.”

The Internet Archive

Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine is popularly known as the time-warping tool. It has made copies of over three billion pages over the years of its existence. In today’s world of the momentary media, Way Back Machine has become a cultural phenomenon. It serves as a permanent registrar of popular websites and other various other web pages.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Internet Archive said: “We have no information about why a block would have been implemented.”
“Multiple attempts to contact the DoT and MeitY (DeitY was the agency that ultimately ended up responding to us regarding the previous block) have gone unanswered thus far (we first tried to reach out to them about 22 hours ago),” the person added. “Obviously, we are disappointed and concerned by this situation and are very eager to understand why it’s happening and see full access restored to archive.org,” the spokesperson added.

Several other carriers have not yet blocked the Internet Archive. This includes Vodafone and Reliance Jio. But, they are likely follow the suit soon enough. The Indian ISPs revert to such actions on at their own time and pace.

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