Monday, May 30, 2011

Iran create its own Internet

According to The Wall Street Journal Iran's government is planning to create its own network in order to close the cyberspace to external influences beyond the national censorship. According to the American newspaper, the Iranian authorities to sell the project as a savings for the population as well as an effective way to safeguard the Islamic principles of the revolution of bad influences.

In February, as protests spread across the Arab world to demand more democracy, telecommunications director of Iran, Reza Bagheri, soon announced that 60% of the country's households and businesses have access to an internal network of communication. And that in two years the network would cover the whole country.

The project in Iran, a country where most Internet censorship is the most drastic measure to cut the influence of Western civilization to its citizens. On the other hand, last Friday, the local press was reporting that the country will in a few months your own computer operating system, instead of the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows.

The economic minister Ali Aghamohammadi said the national network would operate in parallel to the Internet, so that government, banks and other large companies that have Internet, not to cut the business abroad, mainly Russia and China. The national network would be monitored by a government company and, separately, introduce alternatives to U.S. services such as e-mail ymail, substitute for the services of Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail. No dictatorship is the only country with two parallel networks. Cuba has the Internet for tourists and government, and one for its citizens, with limited access to the pages of cyberspace. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), eleven out of 100 Iranians are connected to the Internet, one of the highest percentages among the countries of the region.

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