October 25, 2005

Iran Censorware Again

"Red Herring" magazine has an item on Iran censorware:

Iran Tightens Web Filters

An Iranian tech company claims it can stop censorship circumvention tools.
October 24, 2005

Civil liberties advocates voiced concern Monday over Iran?s plans to tighten its grip on Internet use with new technology that allegedly can get around counter-censorship tools.

The country has contracted an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders. Delta Global head Rahim Moazemi told the Iranian press that he wanted to end "the anarchy of the Internet Service Providers." ...

The rest of the piece quotes some Usual Suspects saying roughly either this can, or can't, be done. Though what caught my eye was see the claim again:

"We don't sell any software to any entity in Iran. The ISPs are using it illegally," Mr. Burt said, adding that Secure Computing is now blocking downloads from ISPs in Iran.

Value added observation: There's such opportunities for investigation here. I wish someone would probe this more strongly. I don't have the backing or support to do it ("citizen journalism", ha! :-( ). But a person with a voice, with a platform, might be able to find something very interesting in going beyond face value.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on October 25, 2005 07:55 PM (Infothought permalink)
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