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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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By Dr of crap on 9/25/2012 8:29:40 AM , Rating: 1
Like Google cares that Iran is going to filter it - OH MY!
Think if the tens of people that will suffer! How many PC and smart phones could they have over there? It MUST be against their religion after all.

Come on. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT MAKES THOSE HERE POST THESE VIDEOS. If they had any sense of anything, the HEADS of their supposed church would tell the people to IGNORE the video and it will go away after time.

This is why the rest of the world is so against the Islamic people. They say everything is for their religion and yet they destroy sh$t in the name of their religion. Nice attitude, control yourself will you. IT'S A FREAKING VIDEO. JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET IT, IT SATIRE, IT'S SUPPOSE TO POKE FUN AT SOMEONE. CAN'T TAKE A JOKE?

Get over it. Name calling and you destroy stuff? Playground attitude, haven't gone past Kindergarden age yet!

RE: Wait -
By bah12 on 9/25/2012 5:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, if Christians have to deal with Mr. Hanky the Christmas poo, and Jesus fighting Santa. Censorship of any kind only promotes ignorance.

What is ironic is it's free speech that alows Jews, Christians, Muslims, Mormons, and yes even whatever that religion crazy Tom Cruise belives in to exist in the US. Our very country was founded on religious freedom, and the Protestant movement that was just as blasphemous to the Cathloic church as this film is to Islam. However it is because of everyones right to freedom of speech and religion that the Islamic church has grown in recent decades. If our founding father's had not seen the danger in censorship, and responded as Iran has and outlawed that which they clearly oppose. There'd be no Mosques here. It is because of those protection that Islam thrives, not the other way around.

So yes, you have to deal with the offensive, but it is exactly this tolerence that allows everyone to thrive.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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