Iran to Filter Google/Gmail After YouTube Refuses to Take Down Anti-Muslim Film
September 24, 2012 7:47 PM
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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.
, 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,
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
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.
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RE: So, What Was That About China Then?
9/25/2012 5:01:53 PM
I think he is refering to them refusing to filter content not approved by the government. At first they refused and quit doing business in China. Later they caved and decided they would alow some censoring, as they didn't want to lose the business.
His point. Why refuse to censor in Iran, and then allow censorship in China. The answer of course is easy. China was too big of a market to lose.
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