Iran starts its own domestic internet
Iran much like China, is not a country that has best reputation when it comes to granting citizens unfettered access to internet new initiative is underway which sees roll out of its own domestic internet dubbed National Information Network.
The country is roll out its own national internet in bid to provide affordable internet access to people, but there are concerns that there will be severe limits placed on online activity. Iran already blocks access to the likes of Facebook – Twitter government-controlled internet it is feared, could lead to a further erosion of privacy – individual control.
The rollout of the National Information Network is already more than a year behind schedule, and there are concerns that it will lead to an increase in government control and surveillance of internet usage. After the initial rollout is complete, the plan is to launch domestic video services in early 2017, followed by a national, independent communication system.
Information technology minister Mahmoud Vaezi, push Iranian internet as offer an effective way to combat cyber threats, but critics are voicing concerns about real reasons behind it. As reported by the BBC, concerns have already been expressed by human rights’ group who say:
Given Iran’s record in violating its human rights commitments based on civil – political (including religious and ethnic) grounds, development of projects such as national internet are especially concerning. The National Internet Project could pave way for further isolation, surveillance and information retention.