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It's unclear if this move is temporary or permanent

Iran has put a plan in motion to filter Google and Gmail throughout the country after YouTube refused to take down an anti-Islam film.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, recently refused to get rid of an anti-muslim film called "Innocence of Muslims." Iranian officials were not pleased with this decision, and in response, will begin filtering Google and Gmail in the country. It's unclear if this is a temporary or permanent move. 
"Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice," said Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an Iranian official. 
According to Khoramabadi, the government is doing this in response to the request of Iranian citizens, who are supposedly up-in-arms about the film. However, the Guardian found that Iranian citizens don't seem to care about the film at all. In fact, a tweet from Golnaz Esfandiari, a blogger on the Radio Free Europe Website Persian Letters, said that the Iranian government is punishing its citizens over the movie. 
This move parallels another plan that the Iranian government has been planning: a national Internet. This means that Iran will have a countrywide network instead of those that run through the World Wide Web.
Clearly, the Iranian government is censoring its people from the contents of the film -- and with a national Internet, it can censor whatever it wants from citizens. Aside from controlling what its people see and hear, these efforts are also answers to security concerns. The country doesn't want any cyber attacks from the World Wide Web to obtain sensitive information. 
This is a pretty valid concern, considering Iran's oil industry was hit with a cyber attack this past April. On the other hand, Iran has been doing some hacking of its own, such as the U.S. Drone last year.  
Iran has already blocked many websites, such as Facebook. But Iranians can access the site via proxy servers or virtual private network services. 
Google and Gmail access has been spotty since the announcement that both will be filtered. Some citizens in Tehran said they've lost access while others in Isfahan can still view both.

Source: The Guardian

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Its good
By inc0gnito on 9/25/2012 5:03:58 AM , Rating: 0
I think Its good Iran blocked Google/Youtube etc. Obviously this "Freedom of Speech" has caused several hundred deaths and massive amounts of property damage. In the US Freedom of Speech protection does not apply, if it is inciting violence.

The first amendment says Speech might be unprotected if it either intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly inflicts severe emotional distress. Incitement of violence is another area where the speech becomes unprotected. I think the Islamists do have a legal case.

RE: Its good
By semiconshawn on 9/25/2012 6:27:14 AM , Rating: 3
Great case. Your honor I didn't like what was posted so I willfully destroyed property and murdered people who had nothing to do with it. They were from the same country as google so they had it coming. Causing a panic is not the same as people rioting because they don't like what you say 10000 miles away.

RE: Its good
By inc0gnito on 9/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: Its good
By semiconshawn on 9/25/2012 9:51:45 AM , Rating: 2
I can tell you Incitement of violence doesnt come from voluntarily searching for then watching a video on You Tube.

RE: Its good
By drlumen on 9/25/2012 11:12:36 AM , Rating: 2
Kinda like the yelling-fire-in-a-crowded-theater scenario I can kinda see the argument about the movie causing injuries or destruction but it is a flimsy argument. I too believe this is just being trumped up to justify censorship.

I find it ironic that there are nut jobs out there that are rioting or killing in the name of Islam because of a short movie. In a way, it kinda proves the whole point of the movie - at least where the nut jobs are concerned.

I don't endorse the movie as I can see where some could be offended. I know I was offended by the poor chroma-key and acting. Should that be a reason to start riots at the local film schools?

RE: Its good
By ClownPuncher on 9/25/2012 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
People are making the choice to become violent. IF you can't control your own violent outbursts, you have other problems.

RE: Its good
By theapparition on 9/25/2012 10:05:37 AM , Rating: 4
Good Constitutional analysis.

Now when you grow up, you can get that law degree. After practicing constitutional law for years you'll be ready. Then argue why you think it should be taken down.

Or more likely, you won't have to argue because when you pass the bar and specialize in constitutional law you'll see why this isn't violating any laws.

Free speech isn't to protect things you like, it's to protect speech you don't. You can't incite riots or yell fire in a crowded theater. Recently, race has also been loosely connected as hate speech.

But this film does neither. Perhaps you should watch it to figure out why.

People who don't like the content of this film are free to dismiss it, to criticize it, or to assemble and protest peacefully in this country. They aren't free to start any riot.

The film paints Islam in a bad light. No doubt about it. But killing others over a stupid film done by a radical wackjob has now lent credence to the film message. The Muslim contries have done a nice job filling the stereotype and rioting and killing over a film that says they riot and kill.

Oh, and BTW. There is no "Free Speech Act". Free speech is included in the First Amendment.

RE: Its good
By Dr of crap on 9/25/2012 11:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
And you summed up everyones feelings about how they react "over there"

Bravo sir!

RE: Its good
By MZperX on 9/25/2012 12:30:38 PM , Rating: 1
Dumbest post of the week no question about it. I hope for your sake that you are either young and clueless so at least there is a slim chance that you'll come to your senses with age and experience, or from another country and have no concept of freedom of speech simply due to cultural differences. In any case, you utterly failed to understand the situation as well as failed to make any kind of sense. My condolences.

RE: Its good
By inc0gnito on 9/26/2012 3:14:15 AM , Rating: 2
Well please enlighten me what type of speech the first amendment does NOT protect? Also, what constitutes hate speech and what constitutes incitement of violence?

Or does the first amendment just provides protection to all forms of speech? I just wanna know what all I can get away with here. :P

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