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[liberationtech] Iran To Shut Down Internet Permanently

Amin Sabeti aminsabeti at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 04:05:46 PDT 2012


Walid,

I referred to Taghipour’s statement published on April 5 in Kaleme.com
which discussed about the final phase of National Intranet.
khabarnegaran.info too published a similar statement on Mar. 25.

*Kaleme.com and other websites made a mistake because this news was
completely wrong and it was April Fools' Day from 2011. See here [Fa]: **
http://itna.ir/vdcdfk0f.yt05z6a22y.html
Therefore, you cannot say this is my source when your source is completely
wrong!*

Iran has been intermittently blocking external sites including Google and
Yahoo:  http://en.rsf.org/internet-enemie-iran,39777.html and
http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/01/04/will-iran-soon-have-its-own-clean-internet/



The plan is yet to be implemented and experts say that this may not be
feasible due to the complications it can cause to Iranian establishments.



Also, I have mentioned in my article that external sites will *still be
available*. “Foreign sites can still be accessed over the Intranet provided
they are mentioned in a "white list" set up by the government.” So
technically Internet will still be there. However Iran is definitely
planning on a censoring the free Internet as it already has. It will be
like a censored “corporate internet” as I have mentioned in my story.



Though Iran has denied it they are still going ahead with the plan to
establish national Intranet, the denial is only regarding how comprehensive
the censorship is going to be.

*
*

*They hasn't denied that they want to launch National Internet and at this
time if you go to local website (like IRIB.ir) you can access to them with
high speed connection but for foreign websites like Google, speed is not
good however it depends on day.*



Hope this clears

The point is it was completely wrong as I said, it is April Fools' day from
last year not this year!!!! :)

Amin



On 10 April 2012 11:45, Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin> <admin at alkasir.com>wrote:

> Hi Amin,
>
> I agree with you on the use of the word 'permanently'. That is a fully
> loaded word that ought have not been used in a journalistic article seeking
> objectivity. However, upon reaching out to the author of that IBT story,
> Amrutha Gayathri, he stood by his article and explained:
>
> I referred to Taghipour’s statement published on April 5 in Kaleme.com
>> which discussed about the final phase of National Intranet.
>> khabarnegaran.info too published a similar statement on Mar. 25.
>>
>> Iran has been intermittently blocking external sites including Google and
>> Yahoo:  http://en.rsf.org/internet-enemie-iran,39777.html and
>> http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/01/04/will-iran-soon-have-its-own-clean-internet/
>>
>>
>>
>> The plan is yet to be implemented and experts say that this may not be
>> feasible due to the complications it can cause to Iranian establishments.
>>
>>
>>
>> Also, I have mentioned in my article that external sites will *still be
>> available*. “Foreign sites can still be accessed over the Intranet
>> provided they are mentioned in a "white list" set up by the government.” So
>> technically Internet will still be there. However Iran is definitely
>> planning on a censoring the free Internet as it already has. It will be
>> like a censored “corporate internet” as I have mentioned in my story.
>>
>>
>>
>> Though Iran has denied it they are still going ahead with the plan to
>> establish national Intranet, the denial is only regarding how comprehensive
>> the censorship is going to be.
>>
>>
>>
>> Hope this clears
>>
>>
>>
>
> I did inform him however that the title may be misleading.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Walid
>
> -----------------
>
> Walid Al-Saqaf
> Founder & Administrator
> alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship
> https://alkasir.com
> <walid.al-saqaf at oru.se>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Amin Sabeti <aminsabeti at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Hi Ilf,
>>
>> This was April fools' day from last year (2011) and it recycled again by
>> one of news website in Iran this year! Iranian government cannot disconnect
>> users PERMANENTLY from Internet because they don't have enough
>> infrastructure and also there is a huge business on Internet (especially
>> for pro-government websites) which means they need WWW.
>>
>> BTW, this is a another myth like Haystack that media have created it and
>> Iran can cut off Internet in short term but it's not possible for long term
>> or permanently.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Amin
>>
>>
>>
>> On 10 April 2012 11:06, ilf <ilf at zeromail.org> wrote:
>>
>>> http://img.ibtimes.com/www/**articles/20120409/325415_iran-**
>>> internet-intranet-censorhip-**freedom-tehran-google.htm<http://img.ibtimes.com/www/articles/20120409/325415_iran-internet-intranet-censorhip-freedom-tehran-google.htm>
>>>
>>>  Millions of Internet users in Iran will be permanently denied access to
>>>> the World Wide Web and cut off from popular social networking sites and
>>>> email services, as the government has announced its plans to establish a
>>>> national Intranet within five months.
>>>> In a statement released Thursday, Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister
>>>> for Information and Communications Technology, announced the setting up of
>>>> a national Intranet and the effective blockage of services like Google,
>>>> Gmail, Google Plus, Yahoo and Hotmail, in line with Iran's plan for a
>>>> "clean Internet."
>>>> The government is set to roll out the first phase of the project in
>>>> May, following which Google, Hotmail and Yahoo services will be blocked and
>>>> replaced with government Intranet services like Iran Mail and Iran Search
>>>> Engine. At this stage, however, the World Wide Web, apart from the
>>>> aforementioned sites, will still be accessible.
>>>>
>>>
>>> However, here Iran denies reports internet to be cut soon:
>>> http://english.alarabiya.net/**articles/2012/04/10/206685.**html<http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/10/206685.html>
>>>
>>>  The reports derived from a supposed interview with Communications
>>>> Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 that was in fact a hoax, the
>>>> ministry said in the statement on its own site www.ict.gov.ir -- which
>>>> itself was not accessible outside of Iran.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Anyone have more details?
>>>
>>> --
>>> ilf
>>>
>>> Über 80 Millionen Deutsche benutzen keine Konsole. Klick dich nicht weg!
>>>                -- Eine Initiative des Bundesamtes für Tastaturbenutzung
>>>
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