Govt’s Social Media ban goes for a toss as netizens turn to VPN

The month-long ban imposed by the Jammu and Kashmir government on social media applications and internet sites to curb the unrest in the Valley has come a cropper with almost everyone accessing these platforms using Virtual Private Networks. The state’s Home department, through an order issued on April 26, had banned 22 social media applications and sites, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in a vain bid to curb the street protests in Kashmir. “In the interest of maintenance of public order, the government hereby directs all internet service providers that…

Read More

16-year-old develops Kashbook, Kashmir’s own Facebook, after government banned social media websites

Meet the 16-year-old Zeyan Shafiq who created KashBook, Kashmir’s own version of Facebook, and launched mobile app for it too. Three weeks since the Jammu and Kashmir government banned 22 social media services, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, the valley has come up with its own version of Facebook. A 16-year-old boy from Anantnag district of Kashmir division developed Kashmir’s own social networking website and launched it within a week of the social media ban. Zeyan Shafiq, who finished his 10th standard exams few months ago, along with his now 19-year-old…

Read More

Ransomware: What you need to know about this new cyber threat

What is WannaCry? WannaCry, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore. Ransomware is a program that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom. How does it work and spread? The WannaCry program encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access. Security…

Read More

Kashmir’s answer to Govt’s Social Media Ban: VPN

Valley users greet Mehbooba Govt from Japan! Since the government imposed social media ban on 22 popular networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, the tech-savvy youth have switched to use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP) to surpass the limitations setup by the government over the internet. Despite the ban, Facebook and Twitter timelines could be seen full of rants against the government for banning social media. The irked youth were all praise of the Virtual Private Network Applications and posts like ‘VPN Zindabad’ and…

Read More

Post 2 days ban, Separatists active on social media: Admin informed ECI

In the report, the State Government also asserted that “certain elements have also resorted to use of force which has a demoralising effect on the overall environment in the area.” Two days after banning social media networking sites in Kashmir, the J&K administration informed the Election Commission of India that “separatist and anti-national elements” have launched “extensive anti-poll campaign” on social media. On April 26, the Government imposed a ban on transmission of messages or pictures through 22 social networking sites including widely-used Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. However, on April…

Read More

How Kashmiris are dodging the social media gag?

The state government directed internet service providers to block 22 social networking platforms to clamp down on tensions spurring clashes between security forces and civilians. However, a day after the ban was imposed, people found a way around the gag. Kashmiris are turning to freely available technology to beat a government ban on websites such as Facebook and Twitter, undermining efforts to tamp down on the spread of videos and images that, officials believe, fan tension. “Even before the ban was announced, we knew that there are alternative ways of…

Read More

Social media ban: Some Kashmiris baffled, others suggest ways to defy it

The Jammu and Kashmir home department ordered a suspension of 22 social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, QQ, WeChat, QZone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Reddit, Snapfish, uploading video on YouTube, Vine, Xanga, Buzznet and Flickr. Mehraj Din, a PhD scholar of Islamic Studies at Kashmir University, is in a fix after the state government suspended the use of 22 social media and messaging platforms for a month. Selected for a prestigious summer programme in Ihsan Academy at Istanbul in Turkey, he had a scheduled Skype…

Read More

How to Use Facebook and Twitter Without the Internet

As Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the Eastern Seaboard, many are without electricity. Without power you could lose your access to Internet via Wi-Fi and, potentially, access to mobile networks. If that happens, how can you still post on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends and family know that everything is fine? Or ask for help? You can use good-old text messages. To tweet, first you need to enable your mobile phone on Twitter.com, so do it now while you can. Go to your Twitter homepage, then to…

Read More

Youth across valley looking for options as govt gags Social Media

Apps like Snapchat, Telegram see record downloads Amid apprehensions of permanent social media ban in Kashmir, youth are looking for other options to stay connected with friends and family. Mobile apps like Telegram and Snapchat, which allow chatting and transfer of data in encrypted form along with other security features, are witnessing record downloads and gaining currency in the Valley. Besides these, many free messaging apps provide more features, encrypted messaging and full privacy options. The mobile Internet services in the Valley were blocked by the authorities last week as…

Read More

To clamps down on rumour-mongers across Kashmir Valley govt may suspend Facebook & WhatsApp

Having banned 4G and 3G services in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government is now likely to ban Facebook and WhatsApp in the coming days, purportedly to stop videos and pictures of alleged atrocities by security forces from going viral. The state government had suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services across Kashmir on Monday, although fixed line internet facilities were not taken back. This is the third time the state government has stopped internet services in the last two weeks. Authorities had even snapped broadband internet last week…

Read More