In an effort to eliminate the dissemination of western ideals into their country, Iran plans on having all of their citizens use a state-censored and completely internal internet within two years according to the country’s telecommunications chief. As it turns out, roughly 60% of the nation’s homes and businesses are expected to be on the localized internet much sooner than that.
Iran sees this segregation from the rest of the world as a means to uphold Islamic values and block out any anti-government or independent thoughts from the country entirely. Whether or not the country’s efforts will succeed remains to be seen.
Iran has recently seen a rapid growth anti-regime posts on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The country is planning on implementing the new internet alongside the existing one for a period of time but will eventually make a full transition.
To add insult to injury, the 11% of citizens who have internet access will also be forced a non-Microsoft OS along with an alternative to Google simply called “Oh, Justice.”
It’s news like this that should make us appreciate the small privileges we take for granted in the good old US of A.