Reza Taghipour: Local Filtering Created to Limit Dirty Online Businesses

Reza Taghipour, the Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology

As the number of Internet users in Iran is increasing on daily basis, Iranian government is trying hard to improve its control on users by applying hard censorships and designing a local filtering. Reza Taghipour, the Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, believes Internet doesn’t need any blockades if it was “free from dirty online businesses”.

“We are going to organize the ‘clean Internet’ on our national Intranet. The concept of clean Internet in Iran is far different from censorship. Actually we don’t want to apply any restrictions and limits on the databases hosted on national Intranet. By controlling the local data, we don’t need to apply any filtering to make the space clear from ‘bad’ contents.” Reza Taghipour elaborated the new project run by his ministry.

“In fact there is no need to apply censorship on international Internet too. But dirty online businesses forced us to take actions in order to clear the online space in Iran. According to Islam Sharia, we must take advantage from useful sciences so we think creating the clean Internet helps us to achieve this divine goal.” said Reza Taghipour, Iran’s IT Minister.

Iran’s filtering committee usually blocks contents which are deemed as ‘impure’ base on Islamic rules. The committee also filters websites broadcasting news stories against the local government.

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