Iran Is Ready to Embrace the WebAdded: Sunday, May 25th, 2014
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Western press was surprised by Hassan Rouhani’s (President of Iran) words that the country should embrace the worldwide web instead of censoring it. Hassan Rouhani, a comparative moderate elected back in 2013, compared attempts to win the battle for public influence by restricting the online resources with bringing a wooden sword to a gunfight.
These words move Rouhani away from rival conservative clerics, some close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The former believes that the best way to preserve the power of the Shi'ite Muslim clergy is to block everything, and Internet is the first thing in the list.
As for the social media policy practiced by Iran, the President’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used to round up bloggers and tighten online controls in an 8-year term. Ahmadinejad was especially upset after protesters managed to use social networks to organize mass street demonstrations 5 years ago and he even had to kill some of them.
The current President told the press that his country should see the Internet as an opportunity. He said: “We must recognize our citizens’ right to connect to the Internet”.
Hassan Rouhani admitted that even if there was an onslaught (which there is), the way to face it should be using modern means, rather than passive and cowardly methods.
According to Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, Secretary of a State Committee which is tasked with monitoring and filtering online websites, “Facebook is an espionage project of the United States”. This statement was made last year. President of Iran compared the attempts to restrict access to the worldwide web to an earlier, failed attempt to fight the spread of satellite TV.
At the time, the first obsession was video – the question was how to keep it out of the youth’s access and protect their faith and identity. But soon everyone saw satellite dishes shooting up on roofs. These days, the Internet and smartphones have become the foremost woe.
At the same time, Hassan Rouhani said that his country couldn’t develop without participating in the digital world. He also criticized the idea that students are better to take notes from books rather than search for information on the Internet.
Although online filtering has eased somewhat under the new government, Rouhani lacks the power to open Internet up completely. Key strategic matters related to the net fall under the authority of the Supreme Council of Virtual Space set up 2 years ago by the clergy.
May 26th,2014Posted by:
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
|can only be a good thing, i don't see iran as the numero uno problem child in the world anymore, i've gifted that honour to mr putin|
|Finally, the blessings of Allah at your fingertips!*|
*some adherents of Allah's teachings may no longer have hands.
|posted by (2014-05-26 14:24:59)|
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