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Iran’s Internet Censorship Among Strictest In the World, Documents OpenNet Initiative Report

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21 June 2005

[PDF] Iran’s Internet Censorship Among Strictest In the World, Documents OpenNet Initiative Report

Author: OpenNet Initiative

The university-based OpenNet Initiative (ONI) released “Internet Filtering in Iran,” a report that documents the degree and extent to which the Iranian government controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including websites, blogs, email, and online discussion forums...Iran uses the commercial filtering package SmartFilter – made by the US-based company, Secure Computing – as the primary technical engine of its filtering system... "...By providing filtering systems to non-democratic regimes, the US company, Secure Computing, is complicit in Iranian breaches of the UN Declaration of Human Rights..." [said report co-author] Ronald Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto.

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1 June 2005

full report: "Internet Filtering in Iran in 2004-2005: A Country Study"

Author: OpenNet Initiative

Iran has adopted one of the world’s most substantial Internet censorship regimes...Iran has recently acknowledged, as our testing confirms, that it uses the commercial filtering package SmartFilter – made by the US-based company, Secure Computing – as the primary technical engine of its filtering system...Secure Computing has responded to questions about the use of its software in Iran with the following statement: "Secure Computing has sold no licenses to any entity in Iran, and any use of Secure's software by an ISP in Iran has been without Secure Computing's consent and is in violation of Secure Computing's End User License Agreement..." ...The statement does not...address the extent to which the adoption of SmartFilter and its updated block list for "non-profit and advocacy organizations" by additional governments (such as Saudi Arabia...) is part of Secure Computing's market.

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