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Tehran's Unplugged Internet Plan

An article recently published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting tells about the plan to create a separate internet for Iran that could leave web users confined to a closed domestic network, cut off from the rest of the world. The National Internet Network project has been in the offing since 2005 and was supposed to have been launched by the end of last year. That did not happen, but the protests that followed the June 2009 presidential election, in which the internet played a crucial role in disseminating news and images, clearly convinced the authorities that they urgently needed their own, controllable version of the web. The result would be a kind of giant intranet which would look like the internet, and perhaps offer faster response times within Iran, but would in fact be a separate system with restricted or no contact with the World Wide Web. To read the whole article click here.

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