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Sri Lanka has taken the extraordinary step of banning social media... at least for the time being.
The ban comes in the wake of the Easter bombings that left over 200 dead and hundreds more injured.
In a typical "headless chicken" reaction, the Sri Lankan government has decided that social media (including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others) was to blame and therefore the best solution was a ban.
I've said countless times before in this column that when a government or other authority chooses to ban something, it's generally because they simply do not understand the nature of the problem and/or are totally bereft of ideas and effective solutions.
Bans are an acknowledgement of defeat because they only treat (mask) symptoms of a far more dangerous problem. Yes, they are the equivalent of a doctor telling someone with a fatal affliction to "take an aspirin and call me in the morning" (if you're still alive).
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
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