Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Not Internet, Intranet

Like the government in China, the government in Iran tries to limit citizens' access to the World Wide Web. Now the Iranians are building an Iran-only Intranet.

Iran rolls out domestic internet
Iran has announced it has completed the first phase of its plan to operate a "national internet".

Mahmoud Vaezi
An inauguration ceremony was held on Sunday by the country's communications and information technology minister, Mahmoud Vaezi.

The state news agency Irna said the initiative would offer "high quality, high speed" connections at "low costs".

But critics suggest the true aim is to tighten the authorities' control over citizens' use of the net…

The government says the goal is to create an isolated domestic intranet that can be used to promote Islamic content and raise digital awareness among the public.

"All domestic activities, services, applications [and] various types of contents... are included in the national internet," he declared at the launch.

The minister added that the initiative would make it easier to combat cyber-threats…

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