The whole domain blogspot.com was banned by the Pakistani authorities earlier this year. That hurt, but we lived on through pkblogs.com and similar proxying services. This time its WordPress. So much for free speech and freedom of the press. Mr. President, where are you now?
A couple of days ago, I was told to restrict access to a certain WordPress blog for the ISP’s users after being deemed offensive by the authorities, but it seems that now all blogs on the wordpress.com domain are inaccessible. The main WordPress site opens fine, but the blogs I checked don’t. They probably blocked everything going to all wordpress.com addresses.
I’m against censorship in general, but this is just going too far. It’s like stopping all traffic because someone was seen speeding on the highway. Or burning a library because some of the books it stores contain offensive material. Besides, the Internet is such that you simply can’t block something completely without cutting yourself off from everyone else. You’ll just irritate the hell out of everyone and force them to use other means to get to that content.
The worst part is that a number of sites being blocked share their IP or subnet with other sites. This causes many other useful sites to be lost just because of that particular one.
It looks like eventually, people will start banning us. I remember Slashdot doing it once due to unauthorized activity from our proxy’s IP and it wasn’t pretty. What if it was Google or Yahoo that blocked us? That should be pretty effective at killing off a lot of our business and all the progress we’ve recently made.