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To: DoctorZIn

Iran: 'Hey World, Pay Attention to Us!'

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Newsweek

Nov. 8 issue - Hossein Derakhshan is tired of listening to the debate over Iran's nuclear-weapons program while the world ignores oppression inside Iran. So on his blog (hoder.com) he's pleading, "Hey, world! Pay attention to us!" He is one of thousands of Iranian Internet geeks enraged by the country's latest plan to clamp down on their cyberfreedoms. The government is planning to roll out an alternative network, called Shaare'2, that it hopes will eventually close off Iran's Web users to the outside world and allow in only what the state approves.

The move is a response to rapidly expanding Internet access. More than 2 million Iranians now use the Net regularly. According to the government's figures, only 15 percent of Iranian Web sites are hosted inside the country, which means the others are beyond the reach of government censorship. Iranian authorities claim they are building Shaare'2 because they are concerned about obscenity and security, but they clearly also want to stifle dissent, which has thrived among the nation's blogging class.

Shutting down the current networks will be hard.mullahs take hope from China, which from the beginning allowed Internet access only through a backbone of government networks. Iran plans to build Shaare'2 as a parallel network, lure users by offering them five gigabytes of storage space for a nominal fee and eventually dismantle the current networks by busting unapproved ISPs. But be warned: even China is having trouble keeping hackers in line. ...


18 posted on 11/01/2004 8:22:40 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
The government is planning to roll out an alternative network, called Shaare'2, that it hopes will eventually close off Iran's Web users to the outside world and allow in only what the state approves.

Ugh. I think of the FReepers we know there...

22 posted on 11/01/2004 3:33:29 PM PST by sionnsar (NYT/Cbs: "It's fake but true!" | Iran Azadi | Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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