Iran, Spying and why we need a new Internet

According to the WSJ.com,

“The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world’s most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale.

Interviews with technology experts in Iran and outside the country say Iranian efforts at monitoring Internet information go well beyond blocking access to Web sites or severing Internet connections.

Instead, in confronting the political turmoil that has consumed the country this past week, the Iranian government appears to be engaging in a practice often called deep packet inspection, which enables authorities to not only block communication but to monitor it to gather information about individuals, as well as alter it for disinformation purposes, according to these experts.

The monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed.”

This is signifigant beyond the Iran. As all our communications become digital, it becomes possible for everything we do to be tracked and monitored by any government. And that is possible because all communications on the Internet goes through centralized hubs at major ISPs.

We need to have communications as distributed as possible. We need a new Internet.

In the meantime, check out: Iran’s Web Spying Aided By Western Technology – WSJ.com

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2 responses to “Iran, Spying and why we need a new Internet

  1. Hi,buddy
    I am an Iranian living in Iran …
    I don’t know what did we do wrong … but it’s a really bad situation they have limited off internet and maybe they are going to leave VAN and make A LAN network for just connecting each city … foreign people are talking about iran and iranian but I bet no one can understand us since he is not living here …
    you have to be here to understand what the heck is going on here …
    no Internet … no access to famous sites … no fun … no places for having fun … no music and then no dancing … no protests … no comfort … no wine …no technology …

    so what is keeping us alive … i think there is one word “hope” …!!!

    thanks for your topic

  2. I’ve been having connectivity issues with Bell Sympatico for over a week now. It’s interesting that when you are disconnected, it’s like you have disappeared from the virtual world. There was a Brazilian ad from Kodak in the early 80′s whose motto was “Nao Fotografou? Entao dancou” (roughly: “You didn’t take a picture? Then it didn’t happen”). Now we can almost say that if you didn’t twittered it, it didn’t happen.

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