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Monday, 30 May 2011 10:00

Iran mulls blocking internet altogether

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Wants to make its own instead
Iranian authorities are reportedly planning to shift to an entirely new form of internet censorship, which would basically involve shutting down internet access in the country.

Although Iran has one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated online censorship systems,  the country’s leadership came to the realization that they are fighting an uphill battle. So, the plan is to completely shut off internet access to its citizens and create a national network instead.

The cunning plan is apparently the brainchild of Iranian communications minister Reza Taghipour, who believes that the creation of a national computer network is the only way to maintain religious and ethical values. Of course, the idea probably has a lot more to do with recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, which are seen as a major threat to the regime.

The truly daft side of the plan is that banning internet access will probably make young people even more eager for change. A bunch of kids playing on Facebook seems like less of a threat than a bunch of kids playing with Molotov cocktails on the streets of Tehran.

In addition, Iran is planning to introduce a locally developed operating system to replace Windows. This on the other hand sounds like a rather sensible idea.

More here.


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-2 #1 NickThePrick 2011-05-30 10:10
I'm afraid this could happen in the U.S. and else where. I remember reading about such plans and models by the FCC years ago. Not sure if they dropped the idea.

I just hope that if this ever happens there will be a major uproar or even a revolution. And I hope this happens in Iran as well.
I guess the U.S. now have a reason to invade, so they can "free" the people. And in this case I actually support that idea.
+7 #2 yourma2000 2011-05-30 10:20
There would be an uprising if happened to any economically developed countries, the internet is the last bit of freedom that humanity has, and if we're told we can't roam where like like then that's going to upset masses of people
+5 #3 TechHog 2011-05-30 11:25

Wouldn't that hurt businesses severely?
+1 #4 crackerz 2011-05-30 11:48
"Iran is planning to introduce a locally developed operating system to replace Windows. This on the other hand sounds like a rather sensible idea."

Why not helping ReactOS ..make donations Iran, also if you have good programmers put them to work :-}
+3 #5 darkpulse 2011-05-30 12:57
So much for religious and ethical values. They should remember that internet is also a valuable source of information, and cutting off access will also hinder their development and progress along with their SO CALLED religious and ethical values. :-? Controlling the traffic is a much better idea IMO. :-|
+4 #6 kartikkg 2011-05-30 16:45
people have started to believe that internet is their saviour , writing long long articles (ofcourse no will understand) allowing people to comment , having fan followers in the long run wont help! GET to the streets if u want to bring "CHANGE"
+2 #7 JEskandari 2011-05-31 10:08
well ,bye bye the last bits of foreign investment
and exporting your goods to foreign nations

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