Den arabiske revolusjon og Stuxnet har fått alarmen til å gå i Teheran. De stenger nå iranernes tilgang til internett og skaper et eget lukket system, de har 100 % kontroll over.
Det iranske regimet mener de er i en soft power krig med Vesten, og tror at et slikt halal-internett vil kunne inspirere andre muslimske land til å følge etter.
Det er Wall Street Journal som har den interessant storyen:
In February, as pro-democracy protests spread rapidly across the Middle East and North Africa, Reza Bagheri Asl, director of the telecommunication ministry’s research institute, told an Iranian news agency that soon 60% of the nation’s homes and businesses would be on the new, internal network. Within two years it would extend to the entire country, he said.
The unusual initiative appears part of a broader effort to confront what the regime now considers a major threat: an online invasion of Western ideas, culture and influence, primarily originating from the U.S. In recent speeches, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials have called this emerging conflict the «soft war.»
On Friday, new reports emerged in the local press that Iran also intends to roll out its own computer operating system in coming months to replace Microsoft Corp.’s Windows. The development, which couldn’t be independently confirmed, was attributed to Reza Taghipour, Iran’s communication minister.
Iran’s national Internet will be «a genuinely halal network, aimed at Muslims on an ethical and moral level,» Ali Aghamohammadi, Iran’s head of economic affairs, said recently according to a state-run news service. Halal means compliant with Islamic law.
Mr. Aghamohammadi said the new network would at first operate in parallel to the normal Internet—banks, government ministries and large companies would continue to have access to the regular Internet. Eventually, he said, the national network could replace the global Internet in Iran, as well as in other Muslim countries.
The notion of an Iran-only Internet emerged in 2005 when Mr. Ahmadinejad became president. Officials experimented with pilot programs using a closed network serving more than 3,000 Iranian public schools as well as 400 local offices of the education ministry.
The government in 2008 allocated $1 billion to continue building the needed infrastructure. «The national Internet will not limit access for users,» Abdolmajid Riazi, then-deputy director of communication technology in the ministry of telecommunications, said of the project that year. «It will instead empower Iran and protect its society from cultural invasion and threats.»
Since the 2009 protests, the government has ratcheted up its online repression. «Countering the soft war is the main priority for us today,» Mr. Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, said November 2009 in a speech to members of the Basij, a pro-government paramilitary volunteer group. «In a soft war the enemy tries to make use of advanced and cultural and communication tools to spread lies and rumors.»
The Revolutionary Guard, a powerful branch of the Iranian security forces, has taken the lead in the virtual fight. In late 2009, the Guard acquired a majority stake of the state telecom monopoly that owns DCI. That put all of Iran’s communications networks under Revolutionary Guard control.
The Guard has created a «Cyber Army» as part of an effort to train more than 250,000 computer hackers. It recently took credit for attacks on Western sites including Voice of America,