All the better to monitor its citizens against thoughtcrime: “the residents of Iran must give their name along with their father’s name, telephone number, address and national ID to log in to access internet.”
The “Government Knows Best” mentality meets “Allah knows best.” “Iran Begins Internet Crackdown, Preps Countrywide ‘Halal’ Intranet,” by Ravi Mandalia for ITProPortal, January 7 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Just before the parliamentary elections, to be held in March, Iran has decided to strictly control web users in the country by bringing some draconian rules to be implemented in cybercafes besides preparing to introduce a national intranet.
Residents of Iran are complaining that they are unable to connect to the Internet anonymously at Cyber Cafes in the country as government is creating a “censored” national intranet.
The government of Iran, on Wednesday, introduced a new rule under which the residents of Iran must give their name along with their father’s name, telephone number, address and national ID to log in to access internet, reported UPI.
Besides these rules, the government is also conducting various tests for a new countrywide network which is aimed at “substituting services” which operates through the internet. This move has lead to fears that the country is planning to withdraw itself from global internet.
Iran’s “Green Revolution” activists depended heavily on Twitter and other social networking services. This move would attempt to eliminate those means of criticism and organization.
In fact, just a week before the judiciary of Iran commented that the messages that are distributed through the social networks or e-mail asking for boycotting elections should be treated as “national security crimes”.
This rivals North Korea. When you make any policy decision reminiscent of North Korea, you’re probably doing something wrong:
The domestic Intranet of Iran will be called “halal” which means pure and once it is activated the country will be shutting global web access to the 23 million internet users in the country.