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Ban Can't Keep it Out of Site

Blocks by DoT may dissuade casual viewers, but the tech-savvy will find ways to access sites for their daily fix

Published: 04th August 2015 04:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2015 04:24 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: With the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) blocking porn websites, a number of porn-sites that offered BBW (Big Beautiful Women) to view, began to display the same message from their respective service-providers on Monday afternoon: “The site has been blocked in accordance with a complaint received by the DoT.”

Porn-addiction, for those unfamiliar, is a condition where a man or woman can only get aroused watching porn, without which they cannot be stimulated. “In any monogamous relationship reaching a stage of ‘secure boredom’ is common. Using pornography as a stimulus is quite common. It is only when it reaches a stage where they need porn to get stimulated and a woman cannot do it for them, then we classify it as addiction,” he added.

The DoT ban, notwithstanding, porn-addicts, are finding ingenious ways to get around it. The ban seems to have only earned a few chuckles from seasoned hackers and programmers. “If it is normal blocking by disallowing sites with names related to porn in the URL, then it is easy as pie. If its more complicated than that, cracking it becomes all the more challenging. It is common sense that people want to access what is banned,” says a Mumbai-based hacker.

Prakash Chandler, a serial visitor to the site, did not bat an eyelid when the standard DoT message was displayed. Instead the corporate marketing honcho pulled up a list of proxy sites and managed to access his porn-hub without wasting too much time.  “We first learnt how to get around things like this when YouTube began blocking the sites that helped us download their videos. It’s simple,” he laughed.

Much like Chandler, a number of regular porn voyeurs have quietly resorted to using technology and helpful hints from their brothers-in-porn to circumvent the system. The ban has come as a bit of an irritant now that some extra effort (other than isolating oneself) is needed to watch porn. The easiest way for most is to get on chat boards and learn from online discussion forums the new URL the site has moved to but it is early days yet to resort to that measure.  “Under normal circumstances, porn-sites are usually taken down by the host-country and so (website owners) have incentive to quickly switch their servers and move to another URL. Since this is only one country, it may take some time and persuasion,” said S Madhan, software analyst and avid Hentai porn peruser. R Akash resorts to trial and error.

“I read that only some 900 sites have been blocked so I went to my usual aggregator site (which is a portal to thousands of other porn sites, classified by porn star names and categories)  and kept on trying video after video. Turns out at least a third of the sites are still very much active. I read that it’s temporary but as long as there is something to watch, I don’t really mind,” he said. Despite increasing number of users frequenting porn sites there has been no official census taken. Porn-sites like Pornhub.com have come out with global trend reports that show that 50 percent of Indians watch their porn on their mobile phones and at least a third of the porn watchers in India, are women.

Certified Ethical Hacker, R Saikumar, however,  said that the DoT would not make it that easy for users.

 “They’re not fools at the end of it. They have great tech and data mining resources and the ISPs themselves are very good at control. I don’t think porn can ever be completely done away with but a large number of casual users could be dissuaded with these blocks, I suppose,” he opined. Porn-addicts, lately, are coming to acknowledge their addiction as a problem, even daring to come out of the closet.

“These days (the addiction) is  (coming out into the open) a lot more as people are more accepting. Honestly, a number of people must be struggling if they are cut off from their porn. They may or may not come in for counselling. There can be severe psychological symptoms and this needs to be addressed,” said Jayanthi P, counselling psychologist. “Just like any other addiction, porn addicts also have severe withdrawal symptoms when they are denied access to something they have become dependent on,” explained Dr F Narayana Reddy, sexologist with the DEGA Institute, a research centre for sexual medicine.

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how users get around DoT ban and access porn

Mirrors hosted by servers in other countries that operate on different DNS routing

Access through ToR caching which keeps your IP address secret and screens detection

Proxy servers that can access sites live without lag

Effects of Withdrawal

Porn addicts, like alcoholics, smokers and drug pushers have withdrawal symptoms. They do not, however, admit it, let alone brag about it



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