29 Apr '12, 9pm

Iran draws up plans for clean Internet

LONDON - Iran is drawing up plans to cut off its Internet users from the rest of the world with a so-called halal or "clean" Internet. Iranians are already used to censors blocking Facebook, Gmail and foreign news sites from time to time, and being spied on with surveillance software. But the ambitious plans would go much further, blocking access to foreign-based social media sites and email. There will instead be an Iranian version of Facebook and a new email service, to be called Iran Mail. Users will have to register their home address and social security number with the police. When the system is introduced in the middle of the year, only a few approved and carefully-monitored businesses and government departments will have access to the World Wide Web. In effect Iran will have a giant, country-wide Intranet, with cyber-police blocking websites that are not approved. T...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Hotnews/EDC120430-0000015/Iran...

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