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By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 11, 2012 in Internet
Tehran - The police chief of Iran has said Google is not a search engine but a tool for espionage. The solution: Iran will create its own "halal" Internet.
Speaking to a labour news agency, Iran's police chief, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, decried Google and said Iran and Iranians need to be protected from having information compromised on the World Wide Web.
The solution to the evils of Google and Western sites is for Iran to have its own Internet (or Intranet). Ahmadi Moghaddam was quoted by Fars, a semiofficial news agency of the Iranian government, as saying, The source of our computer information should not be outside the country. We can have the source inside the country. Our connection should be made to secure places to avoid subversive action.
According to Iran's Ministry of Communications and Technology, the new Internet will be free from "immoral" content. It will be "halal", meaning it will conform to Islamic law.
Ahmadi Moghaddam also said that the new Internet will become available within weeks. Fars reported that the Iranian government had set aside $1 billion for the project.
Although the government and large companies will have access to the World Wide Web, ordinary Iranians will be restricted to the new domestic Internet. Besides promises that their private information will be more secure, Iranians are being told that their cost of accessing the Internet will be reduced. On Sunday, IRNA reported that lower bandwidth use within the country will result in cost savings to Internet users.
This is just one more step the Iranian government is implementing to control communication between its citizens and among Iranians and the outside world. As reported in the Guardian last week, as technology advances it is becoming more and more difficult for regimes to control communications made via electronic devices. The latest step the government of Iran has taken is to clamp down on those who go to cyber cafes.
The government is now requiring owners of Internet cafes to record the personal details of users. Done under the guise of protecting people from anonymous Internet users, the real purpose is of course to help the Iranian government keep track of dissidents.
Meanwhile in Nicaragua, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the president of Suriname, Desire Delano Bouterse, "Justice, freedom will spread all over world."
Yeah, right!
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