1/10 Why is the @telegram web domain blocked in India on @reliancejio ? A short thread. Telegram is an internet messaging service which uses end to end encryption. It is used widely in India.
@telegram @reliancejio 2/10 A popular use of the @telegram app is for people who appear in entrance exams. It is used by many for distribute and study course materials. Read this excellent story by @NilChristopher in @factordaily

@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily 3/10 A few weeks ago the @redditindia community indicated that ISPs were blocking proxy and VPN websites. Many of the posts indicated the problem coming from @reliancejio

@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia 4/10 Following up on this @ariathak from @qzindia did a report which indicated the problem was wide and actually there were plenty of users registering a common complaint. But problem was data and certainty of the cause. qz.com/india/1516366/…
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia 5/10 Again, the core problem here seemed to be how to establish if and why was @RelianceJio blocking specific services. Was it a court order? Was it a technical error? We put out a quick and dirty form looking to get more data. Across ISPs in India. goo.gl/forms/DIuMm87L…
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia 6/10 Till now we have about 140+ reports. Positively indicates certain common trends. Where porn, proxy and VPNs are being blocked. But also repeated complaints of web domains of @telegram on @reliancejio
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia 7/10 To augment data gathering we have also resorted to RTIs. This includes encouraging the IFF community to file them with the @DOT. @theAvinesh’s RTI has revealed more info (or the lack of it). Screenshots of Avinesh’s problem and RTI are below.
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia @dot @theAvinesh 8/10 @theAvinesh asked the Dept. of Telecom why were @telegram domains blocked on @RelianceJio. In the reply got no clear reply. Department cites secrecy provisions under the Blocking Rules. But, such interpretation is arguably against the spirit of the Shreya Singhal Judgement.
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia @dot @theAvinesh 9/10 Dept. of Telecom also says, “In this case also the information is not available with this CPIO.” So it seems to be saying it does not know why @reliancejio is blocking telegram. Is first secrecy and then a lack of info why the block happening good for a digital democracy?
@telegram @reliancejio @NilChristopher @factordaily @redditindia @ariathak @qzindia @dot @theAvinesh 10. As per license amendments for Net Neutrality even if a website is blocked it has to be done transparently. Compliance is absent. This (among other instances) is why we need data gathering, monitoring and enforcement actions on ISPs to #SaveTheInternet
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