Giuliano Di Caro

Irannet and Ahmadinejad, Yearning for the Web

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Keywords: Irannet, Censored Web

2012 will be the year of birth of Irannet, a broadband and censored web that will fi t perfectly the needs of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Irannet is going to be, to use the words picked by Iranian theocracy, a halal net, freed by obscene contents. Point is that in Iran the word «obscene» is pretty tricky: not only actually obscene contents, but also and most of all foreign news websites, social networks, and any form of domestic opposition to Iranian regime. The rise of Irannet has been prepared by a draconian set of rules imposed to Cafe Nets: the use of VPN and proxy servers is now strictly forbidden and control on Iranian netizens got tougher. No room for opposition: Irannet (fast, advanced and fully controlled by the establishment) will be the digital and geopolitical ace that Ahmadinejad intends to play in order to empower the role of Iranian theocracy across the whole region.

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