CERT refused to ban 3 school blogs
Singapore-based Global Indian Foundation manages 22 international schools in 8 countries. Their schools aim to nurture global citizens with an international perspective that builds entrepreneurial skills from the very beginning. On Jan 14, 2010, Techgoss had exclusively published details of how the Global Indian Foundation had taken legal action against a Singapore based blog.
We thought the story would be of interest to our Indian readers as the school says its Global School Board of Patrons include a number of high profile Indians in the local IT-ITES sectors.
On April 14, 2010, Techgoss had linked to a Mumbai Mirror article which reported on the arrest of the Ex-Principal of the school who has now been granted bail.
The Mumbai Mirror article read in part
GIIS, which has 11 branches abroad and nine in India, also lodged a complaint in Singapore. In April 2009, investigations revealed that a local parent, Ajith Narayanan, was co-moderator of the site. Till then, the police did not have an idea of Nandakumar’s alleged involvement. His name finally came up when Ajith Narayanan gave an affidavit accepting he was a co-moderator and making several references to Nandakumar in his statement.
In May, 2010, Techgoss had reported on how the blog in Singapore ‘Global Indian International School Singapore: Parents voice for a better GIIS’ disputed the Mumbai Mirror report. The Singapore based blog reported
Clarification on Indian Press Reports and GIF's email
This is a clarification regarding certain recent press reports from India (Mumbai Mirror of 15 April 2010 etc) and email sent by GIF on 19 April 2010 with the same contents.
The parent who was referred to (in the above email and press reports) wishes to clarify that certain falsehoods are stated and/or suggested in these reports.
The following is the true fact according to him:
This is to clarify that I have NOT implicated
•any other parent, or
•any current or former employee of GIIS, or
•any current or former student of GIIS,
in any affidavit filed in the Singapore Courts.
So if you have posted anything on this blog, you should know that I have not implicated you in any way.
This Singapore blog is directly contradicting a key element of the Mumbai Mirror report. This is another example of how internet savvy parents are using a blog to give their version of what really happened.
Techgoss has now learnt that a letter was sent to CERT India in an attempt to ban this Singapore based blog and two similar sites namely forabettergiis.blogspot.com, giismalaysia.blogspot.com and rskparentsforum.blogspot.com. A request was made to CERT to ask Google to remove these blogs. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been set up by the Indian Government to protect the country’s computing infrastructure. It has the power to ban websites.
While CERT has refused to unilaterally ban these 3 blogs, Techgoss has learnt that the matter may be escalated to the Indian courts.
This is a complicated issue being worked out in 2 countries and so Techgoss requests its readers to consider the schools statements as well as personally read the 3 blogs to make up their own minds.
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