Iranian officials have been promising the launch of a national Internet since at least 2006, but have provided little details about its scope. Slowly, details are emerging in one of the world’s toughest Internet censorship regimes.
On February 20, for the second time in recent weeks, web users in Iran reported that their access to Gmail, Yahoo mail, and HTTPS websites had been blocked.Some Iranians told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that the usual antifiltering tools they had been using in the past to access blocked websites, were not working anymore.
A few users contacted by RFE/RL on February 21 said they managed to access their Gmail accounts, while others complained that they still couldn’t access their mails and some websites. The reason for the Internet disruption is not clear, and officials have failed to clarify the issue.There has been speculation that the recent disruptions are related to the launch of the national Internet…[READ MORE]
Reports that Iran has stepped up its Internet censorship in recent days — as evidenced by a general slowdown of the web, Internet blackouts, and the blocking of sites such as Google — has raised speculation that the country might be testing its controversial “national Internet.” [READ MORE]
The free online knowledge site Wikipedia has announced that it will shut down its English-language website for 24 hours on January 18 to protest legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress.
Wikipedia is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world, with tens of millions of visitors daily…[READ MORE]
Putin’s Bad Internet Week
Vladimir Putin is having a very bad week online.
The Russian premier once derisively dismissed the Internet as “50 percent pornography.” But with more and more of his compatriots getting wired and web savvy he has had no choice but to at least try and embrace the medium. And the results have not been pretty…[READ MORE]