Iran Mail? Iran to launch "National Internet" in August

The country of Iran has been saying it would cut off access to the outside Internet for its citizens for some time. Now it appears that Iran has a new timetable for their "national Internet" to go live. International Business Times reports that according to a statement from the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, their internal Internet service would officially go live in August.

Previously the country indicated that their "national Internet" would go live in February, and then pushed that launch date back to June. Now the country is saying that the first phase will actually begin in May when online services from Google, Hotmail and Yahoo will be blocked. People in Iran who want access to, say, web email services and searches will have to use (and we are not kidding) Iran Mail and Iran Search Engine starting in May.

In August, Iran is set to launch the second and final phase of its "national Internet" project when the country blocks access to all foreign web sites inside Iran. Iranian officials have said such sites promote "crime, disunity, unhealthy moral content, and atheism." However, its more likely that the country's government simply want to keep Western web sites from being seen by its citizens who might later start a revolution against Iran's current leadership.

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Iran can do what they like inside its country, no problem, and so can we, that is why all Iranian Government websites should be blocked from access as they promote terrorism and racism. You block Google, I block you, it should be ok.

fastcat said,
Iran can do what they like inside its country, no problem, and so can we, that is why all Iranian Government websites should be blocked from access as they promote terrorism and racism. You block Google, I block you, it should be ok.

This is exactly what Iranian government wants. what you saying is that Internet is not for all. we can block some people if their government is crazy. that's what internet is for to help people communicate with each other and share information dude.

It's none of our concern. They don't get their knickers in a twist over ACTA and SOPA. Besides they had the revolution in 1979 and now this is what happens as a result. We shouldn't worry about how another country decides to run itself. Makes absolutely no difference to me. And in terms of wars; the Islamic republic of Iran has begun none.

I'm sure the more tech-savvy Iranians will still be able to use certain methods to bypass the
national firewall put in place by President I'm A Dinner Jacket, and access the full internet.

Unfortunately for most ordinary non tech-savvy Iranians that won't be possible.

DJGM said,
I'm sure the more tech-savvy Iranians will still be able to use certain methods to bypass the
national firewall put in place by President I'm A Dinner Jacket, and access the full internet.

Unfortunately for most ordinary non tech-savvy Iranians that won't be possible.

Unfortunately the second phase of this project is not a firewall implementation (that has been around for many years). This is essentially the creation of an Iranian LAN (local area network) with access to only the machines that are within that LAN (i.e. controlled by the government). There is no access to the outside world (the real internet) so there is no need for firewalls unless you also want to block access to individual machines within the internal Iranian network.

Iran is essentially getting rid of the Internet as we know it and setting up their own internal network which citizens will have access to instead. There is no technical way to get around that, unless you use something like a satellite phone (brutally slow).

Good for Iran. It was a strategically calculated decision.

Although this will be painful in the short run for the users, in the long run, the country will keep its independence in the virtual world. Having been already cut off from the international bank settlement system (SWIFT), they didn't want to be caught by the same surprise twice had the ICANN decided to block them too.

It will also give them an edge in cybersecurity as it will become this much more difficult to hack the country's IT resources.

zhiVago said,
Good for Iran. It was a strategically calculated decision.

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It will also give them an edge in cybersecurity as it will become this much more difficult to hack the country's IT resources.

LOL! I doubt that. If someone wants in, there will be a way.

Oh man ... seriously? What a bunch of idiots. Grow the hell up you freaking backward idiots!!! Iran can suck the world's ass.

Spirit Dave said,
Oh man ... seriously? What a bunch of idiots. Grow the hell up you freaking backward idiots!!! Iran can suck the world's ass.

Wow. Telling others to grow up after that tirade? /hypocrisy

Spirit Dave said,
Oh man ... seriously? What a bunch of idiots. Grow the hell up you freaking backward idiots!!! Iran can suck the world's ass.

dude, If You cannot help other mankinds who are suffering from their fanatic regime that is trying to block information on them because of their fear, shut your mouth and save your dirty words for yourself.

waqastariq said,

And what are the idiots in the US doing? is it much different? Lay off your 'hate Iran' sentiments... http://www.neowin.net/news/edi...ternets-battle-to-the-death

I don't mean the people, I mean the government. Dude... when I have a go at a country, I always mean the government. It's not the people who were turning off this freedom was it? So I clearly wasn't attacking the people. But I can see how my wording was bad. I will rephrase ... "Iran's government can suck the world's ass".

S3P€hR said,

dude, If You cannot help other mankinds who are suffering from their fanatic regime that is trying to block information on them because of their fear, shut your mouth and save your dirty words for yourself.

Again ... you misunderstood me. I will not shut my mouth, but if you read my comment above you will see I rephrased.

TCLN Ryster said,

Wow. Telling others to grow up after that tirade? /hypocrisy

Why oh why did you have to backslash that ? I didn't attack the people, rather the government. And you know what? So what? You think Iran's government have any sense of reality? They don't. They live in a dreamworld. But as I have stated here below plenty now, I was not moaning about the people of Iran. Because I did moan about it, I think you'll find what I was shouting about was the government limiting the people's access. Bad wording on my part sure, but not bad meaning.

Navan said,
And now I have no problem with US going to war with them.

I do. 99.9% of Iranian people are innocent. They're just normal people. Unfortunately, a lot of them are brainwashed. I say get rid of the politicians and religious leaders.

Edit: And BTW, USA is NOT the world police.

Drossel said,
Edit: And BTW, USA is NOT the world police.

Unfortunately, I disagree. The USA thinks they are, and the rest of the world let's them get away with it. Therefore, yes, they are world police... until someone mans up and does something about it.

Drossel said,

I do. 99.9% of Iranian people are innocent. They're just normal people. Unfortunately, a lot of them are brainwashed. I say get rid of the politicians and religious leaders.

Edit: And BTW, USA is NOT the world police.


Didn't mean to offend you, Obviously it was a sarcastic comment.

Drossel said,

I do. 99.9% of Iranian people are innocent. They're just normal people. Unfortunately, a lot of them are brainwashed. I say get rid of the politicians and religious leaders.


& who do you think we'll be going to war with? (Yes, there might be civilian casualties, but any of that would be accidents...)

no-sweat said,

Unfortunately, I disagree. The USA thinks they are, and the rest of the world let's them get away with it. Therefore, yes, they are world police... until someone mans up and does something about it.

preventing bloodshed and war is looked down upon?

tytytucke said,

preventing bloodshed and war is looked down upon?

The US has done nothing lately but create bloodshed and war.

This is prime example of the fear those who are in "control" of humanity have.

It's quite amazing with how easy it now is to communicate that they still have so much control over us, using fear and money (fear).

I have always opposed internet censorship, but the path the US, Europe, and other 1st world countries are taking is almost no different. News about internet censoring hurts in the heart... you guys want me to have a heart attack

waqastariq said,
I have always opposed internet censorship, but the path the US, Europe, and other 1st world countries are taking is almost no different. News about internet censoring hurts in the heart... you guys want me to have a heart attack

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