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[liberationtech] Reports of slowdown in Iran

Ehsan Akhgari ehsan.akhgari at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 16:07:43 PST 2012


There is also the upcoming parliment elections approaching. Traditionally
the Iranian government launches special circumvention prevention measures
in such times. Last week they issued a statement warning websites from
publishing any material discouraging people from voting, and added extra
measures in the coming weeks (including even more severe bandwidth
throttling) would not be terribly surprising.

Cheers,
Ehsan
On Jan 2, 2012 4:07 PM, "Luke Allnutt" <AllnuttL at rferl.org> wrote:

> Thank you, Collin, thats very helpful.
>
>
>
> On 2 Jan 2012, at 22:00, "Collin Anderson" <collin at averysmallbird.com>
> wrote:
>
> Iranian authorities have been promising a national Internet for six year
> now, there are well-defined infrastructural issues that prevent them from
> doing so. These articles are generally just hashing up past comments and
> tangential issues without much new information. However, there are two
> components to watch for in the event of increasing rhetoric for the
> Ministries of Economic Affairs and ICT:
>
> 1.) Increasing pressure for .ir and Iranian-focused sites to move into the
> country
> 2.) Throttling the bandwidth on external connections, especially non-HTTP.
>
> The second began about a month ago, and probably accounts for much of the
> perceived slowdown. I am not aware of the speed issues applying to
> non-circumvention connections.
>
> Cordially,
> Collin
>
> On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Jillian C. York <jilliancyork at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> This is the most detailed piece I've seen, but I'm still looking to get
>> confirmation from contacts in-country:
>>
>>
>> http://www.oyetimes.com/news/107-middle-east/16723-launch-of-national-internet-reason-for-recent-drop-in-speed-report
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Luke Allnutt <AllnuttL at rferl.org> wrote:
>>
>>>  Has anyone seen any similar reports to this from Payvand about a
>>> reported Internet slowdown in Iran?
>>>
>>> http://www.payvand.com/news/12/jan/1008.html
>>>
>>> If so, any evidence to suggest that it might be connected with "testing
>>> of new filtering software"? Any info, on or off list, would be highly
>>> appreciated, as ever.
>>>
>>> Best Wishes,
>>>
>>> Luke
>>>
>>>
>>>
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