War for the Web
06 04.12

Iran: A Private Internet

Iran has begun to block Tor traffic. Tor is a program that allows you to anonymize your Internet traffic by disguising where it comes from. By blocking Tor traffic Iran is basically telling its citizens that it will monitor their Internet traffic, and it will prevent them from disguising it.

This is the beginning of an arms race, essentially. People who want to avoid censorship will turn to other means, encrypted means of passing traffic along. New services have already cropped up that allow users to disguise their data on the Iranian Internet, and everywhere that oppressive governments rule the day.

There’s more about what Iran’s government is doing with its network here. You can find out more about how new applications are being invented to beat censorship here.

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