Recently, many websites and blogs were blocked by Indian net nannies.
Earlier, the likes of Vimeo and Piratebay too got the same treatment. Though online users always find a way out by using a proxy, you never know when and where mood swings of the authorities hit again.
Let's turn this crisis into an opportunity to promote Hepatitis B awareness.
So, next time your website/blog is blocked by the authorities, rescue for the site visitors i.e. browsing via a proxy passes a message to get another proxy too i.e. vaccination for Hepatitis B.
For a live demo, access this website via a proxy.
STEP 1: Copy-Paste the following code before </BODY> in the source code of your homepage.
STEP 2: Replace proxyb.org with your blog/ website domain name.
STEP 3: Save the changes.
Q: What is Hepatitis B?
A: Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). It is a major global health problem and the most serious type of viral hepatitis. It can cause chronic liver disease and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
As per global statistics, this disease has caused epidemics in parts of Asia and Africa, and it is endemic in China. About a third of the world population has been infected at one point in their lives, including 350 million who are chronic carriers; many of them being unaware of it.
While most of us worry about contracting HIV/AIDS, in reality, Hepatitis B is 100 times more contagious than HIV.
A vaccine is available for Hepatitis B that helps one guard against the disease but people are largely unaware of it. This Proxy B movement aims to promote awareness of the cause.
Q: Is it safe to add this code to my blog/ website?
A: Of course. As safe as the Hepatitis B vaccine. This code works only when someone is accessing your blog/ website through a web proxy, and the message is displayed only once. So, it's not annoying at all.
Q: Coding is all greek for me. Still, if you can help me understand how it works?
A: It's pretty simple. All it does is check if the domain name of the blog/ website being visited matches to the actual domain or not. A negative means current visitor is accessing the blog/ website using a web proxy, and it passes a message to the visitor that he needs one more proxy i.e. Hepatitis B vaccine. When the user clicks ok to know more, it leads him to google search results. Using cookies, the code achieves displaying the message to the user only once.
Q: I don't have a blog/ website. How can I help?
A: Above all, help yourself. Get tested and vaccinated. Now, if you are a blogger/ webmaster, you can help us by adding the code on your site. If you don't have a blog, still you can help spread the words by sharing this movement with your friends. You tell your frends. They tell their friends. Soon, it becomes a movement. Also, we plan to come up with simple one-click-install plugins for more bloggin platforms. If you are a developer and willing to volunteer, please contact at email@example.com
Q: I have my doubts about how effective it is to promote Hepatitis B awareness?
A: It's just the beginning. The frequency by which Indian authorities are blocking freedom of speech, imagine if all the websites/ blogs have the code added. Moreover, due to company policies many websites and blogs, especially with adult content are blocked in offices by firewall. In that case too, this code promotes awareness about Hepatitis B when an employee bypasses company policies using a proxy; given the site being part of this movement.
*issued in public interest by The National Liver Foundation and #343
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