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Test results and analysis of whitelisted URLs in Jammu and Kashmir, January 2020

Lakshané, Rohini; Waghre, Prateek

Version 3: In this version, the tab entitled "New entries Jan 31 order" was added to version 2 of the spreadsheet. This tab contains new entries from the whitelist accompanying the order dated 31 January 2020 [Order number: Home-08 (TSTS) of 2020]. A separate tab was required because the "field" category present in previous versions of the whitelist was removed in the 31 January order.  

Version 2: This dataset contains an analysis of a whitelist comprising 301 entries issued by the Home Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir on 24 January 2020 [Order number: Home-05 (TSTS) of 2020]. The department issued an order with the first version of this whitelist in response to a Supreme Court judgement dated 10 January 2020 (Anuradha Bhasin vs. Union of Indian and Ors.) that directed the Government of India to review the blanket suspension of Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir since 5 August 2019.

Version 1: The first version of the whitelist (dated 18 January 2020), and this dataset by extension, comprised 153 entries. The Home Department states in its orders that this whitelist will be continually updated; the next update may be issued on 31 January or earlier.

This preliminary analysis was conducted by Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre from 22 and 26 January 2020 IST, to empirically determine whether the whitelisted websites and services would be practically usable for an ordinary resident of Jammu and Kashmir at the time of writing.

A Chrome browser extension was used to simulate access to only those URLs that are mentioned in the government order. A detailed description of the method, its limitations, and the full analysis of the findings has been published on Medianama (Even the 301 whitelisted sites in Jammu and Kashmir are not entirely accessible: An analysis).

For information on how to read this dataset, refer to the tab entitled "About this sheet". A numerical summary of the findings of this analysis is present in the tab entitled "Summary of findings".

Data provided AS-IS, without warranty as to accuracy or completeness.

This dataset has been released under the Creative Commons-Attribution-Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) 4.0 International License. All uses of the accompanying data and modifications and derivatives thereof must contain the following attribution: "By Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre (2020)".

All versions have been uploaded in 3 file formats: PDF, XLSX and ODS.

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