View Full Version : Iran plans to unplug the Internet, to launch its own 'Clean' alternative

04-13-2012, 09:29 AM
Aggressively restricting Internet freedom...


Iran is moving ahead with their plans of a 'national intranet': an insular nation-wide intranet that is isolated from the regular Internet, and will be heavily regulated by the government....

This surely will be a really bizarre move by Iran, as it looks like they have a plan to create their own “clean” Internet, which will be isolated from the regular Internet and it will be heavily regulated by the government...

Reporters Without Borders drew attention to Iran’s national Internet plan when it was first proposed in 2011. The organization says that the system "consists of an Intranet designed ultimately to replace the international Internet and to discriminate between ordinary citizens and the 'elite' (banks, ministries and big companies), which will continue to have access to the international Internet."

In addition to developing its own Intranet system, Reporters Without Borders says that the Iranian government is also creating its own custom electronic mail service and a national search engine called Ya Haq (Oh Just One) that is intended to replace Google. In order to obtain an account on the state-approved mail service, users will have to register their identity with the government.

Seems this will be one of the "most ambitious effort[s] yet by any government to censor the Internet."

The content available over the national network will be tightly controlled. It will block access to foreign websites and services for communicating with the outside world.

The Iranian government has steadily increased the intensity of its Internet censorship efforts. It's a response to the increasingly important role that the Internet has played in enabling political dissent and unencumbered communication. The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently established a Supreme Council of Cyberspace to regulate Iran’s new Internet.

There's no date on when this 'National Network' will launch over there. Looks like, this one has been “frequently announced and always postponed” due to frequent deployment delays.

NEWS SOURCE: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/04/iran-plans-to-unplug-the-internet-launch-its-own-clean-alternative.ars

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!

04-16-2012, 08:40 AM
lol. It's going to be the leading Intranet Service Provider in the world.