WEB NEWS – Young Iranians use illegal technology to bypass internet censorship


In this edition: young Iranians using illegal technology to bypass internet censorship; a Facebook page naming and shaming bad parents in Kenya; and a butterfly fails to faze a flutist.

YOUNG IRANIANS USE ILLEGAL TECHNOLOGY TO BYPASS CENSORSHIP

A report conducted by Iran’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, polling 15,000 15-29 year olds, found that of the 23 million young Iranians regularly using the Internet, over 69% are also using circumvention technology to bypass government imposed censorship. Figures that illustrate a strong desire for greater online freedoms despite the authorities repeated attempts at implementing a filtering system for online content.
But this thirst for freedom comes with significant risks. As the website for Iran’s cyber police points out anyone found using or distributing this circumvention technology, which is banned in Iran, will be severely punished.
Some are keen to change the Internet policy, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for one. In a series of messages posted to Twitter on September 7, the head of state says the country needs to listen to what its young people have to say, adding that the censorship and filters currently in place are inefficient and counterproductive.
But Iran’s conservatives seem to disagree and continue their relentless efforts to control the web. After banning ordinary Iranians from using the major social networks, the authorities recently targeted news sites which now have to seek authorisation from the Ministry of Culture before posting content online. If they fail to do so then the site will be blocked with immediate effect…
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