Iran's Internet Filters Filter Out Leader's Screed Against Getting Around Filters

from the shouldn't-a-lightbulb-be-going-off-somewhere? dept

Well this would be funny if it weren't so sad and didn't involve mass censorship. Iran has been getting a lot of attention lately for its plans to increase its internet filtering -- and potentially even set up its own "safe" (read: heavily monitored) local internet. For now, as the filters have been going up, apparently lots of sophisticated internet users in Iran have been figuring out how to get around them. No problem. Iran's "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei simply issued a "fatwa" against using anti-filtering tools -- and that was published to the web.... where it was promptly filtered. Yes, you read that right. His attack on anti-filtering technology was itself a victim of the filter -- such that you couldn't read it unless you were using anti-filtering technology (the same technology the fatwa was condemning).

Apparently this happened because (of course) Iran's internet filter is so ridiculously unsophisticated that it works based on keywords -- and the mere mentioning of anti-filtering software likely set off the filters. Of course, while you might hope this would lead to a realization that such filters are not a good idea, somehow I doubt there will be any such epiphany.


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    Richard (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 9:13am

    !!!!!

    You couldn't make it up!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:15am

    Teacher: Anyone not here speak up now.

    *Pause, as the teacher looks around the empty room*

    Teacher: Ok, guess everyone is here. This field trip is over, time to board the bus and head back to school.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 9:15am

    LOL doesn't describe this!

    Aren't keyword filters the sorts of things that SOPA/PIPA supporters are drooling about getting?

    From the followup post to this they are due for an epiphany, too, and won't have it for the same reasons.

    Just, too, too funny!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:15am

    Dunno, sounds fine to me

    So, only the people breaking the law know that they're doing so?

    Seems ok to me :)

     

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    DogBreath, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:16am

    This is too funny!

    I can't wait until Iran goes overboard and starts removing heads based upon IP addresses, the whole government and all the religious leadership will be gone in one night!

     

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    fb39ca4, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:27am

    It's like driving a car on a road that does not have speed limit signs, and then getting pulled over for speeding.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:25pm

      Re:

      This actually happens all the time. In Ohio the speed limit, unless otherwise posted, is 25 in residential/city, and 55 in the country.

       

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 9:29am

    Alt languages... how soon?

    It won't be long enough there's a hole set of near-word curse words like "shiz" instead of shit, and "pigs" instead of cops--etc et al, you get the idea.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:51am

      Re: Alt languages... how soon?

      I wouldn't be surprised if the Iranians already had an unofficial system like this - the Chinese do for sure (Google for "grass mud horse" if you're interested in how the Chinese communicate around censorship).

       

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        ShivaFang (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 3:27pm

        Re: Re: Alt languages... how soon?

        That's how France got around twittering about election results before the official counts. Using euphamisms about the candidates instead of their actual names.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:33am

    It Worked

    By having it only read by people using the anti-filtering technology he got to his target audience. This is just the opposite of the FBI/ICE DVD warnings that never go to the target audience. It seems to make a lot more sense than the warnings.

     

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    sehlat (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 9:46am

    Poul Anderson once covered the whole thing.

    "Then I remember it's the Adversary who is humorless. I'm sure God likes to laugh."

     

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    Jonathan (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 10:05am

    No, no. This is the way it is supposed to work! The only people who NEED to see this fatwa are those who use the filtering software and can therefore see it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 10:23am

    now that Holland has banned the use of proxies, at the behest of BREIN, to ensure TPB cant be accessed by Dutch residents, perhaps they would be interested in buying the technology from Iran?

    how any country in the so-called democratic world can condemn another country for using website blocking, filtering or any other sort of restrictions, but then do exactly the same (or worse) themselves, is beyond me. what a bunch of hypocritical arse holes!! it really wont be long before no one will be able to do anything without getting permission from the (entertainment industries) government first!

     

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    Mr. Smarta** (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 10:41am

    Funnels

    "Funnels! ... The condom you can trust."

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 10:52am

    So, you spelled FATE wrong. It's not fatwa, it's fate, you know, karma, being a bitch. /lousyjokeattempt

    Ahem. Wtf is a fatwa? *goes for the big G for epiphany*

    fatwa
    fat·wa
    [faht-wah]
    noun
    an Islamic religious decree issued by the ʿulama.
    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fatwa


    Thank you God. I mean Google.

    Amusingly the definition near this result was hosted at terrorism.about.com/od/.../g/Fatwa.htm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 12:26pm

    ROTFLMAO!

    That is all...

     

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    That One Guy (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    When you live by the sword...

    You end up getting beaten by your own filtering technology apparently.

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), May 11th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    OMG

    Duh-dum-duh-da
    Captain Obvious strikes AGAIN!
    ... or is it oblivious? @.@

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 2:59pm

    I take it the Ayatollah is enjoying the Tropico expansion?

     

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    Rekrul, May 11th, 2012 @ 11:53pm

    This is what you get when you let religious fanatics make the law...

     

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    nielkevin (profile), May 14th, 2012 @ 5:43am

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    Eddy, Jun 3rd, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    Filtre a besoin pour survivre et rentrer chez eux.-Filter needs to survive and return home.

    Hey. I hope you are healthy. I'm Martinez of North Korea. To find my family and friends back home (Paris) I need a good filter. You can afford to send a Mmnvntvn'm dry. TIG also get compensated. after returning home.
    Hey. J'espère que vous êtes en bonne santé. Je suis Martinez de la Corée du Nord. Pour retrouver ma famille et amis à la maison (Paris) J'ai besoin d'un bon filtre. Vous pouvez vous permettre d'envoyer un Mmnvntvn'm sec. TIG aussi être indemnisés. Après retour à la maison.

     

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    Eddy, Jun 3rd, 2012 @ 2:46pm

    Filtre a besoin pour survivre et rentrer chez eux.-Filter needs to survive and return home.

    Hey. I hope you are healthy. I'm Martinez of North Korea. To find my family and friends back home (Paris) I need a good filter. You can afford to send a Mmnvntvn'm dry. TIG also get compensated. after returning home.
    Hey. J'espère que vous êtes en bonne santé. Je suis Martinez de la Corée du Nord. Pour retrouver ma famille et amis à la maison (Paris) J'ai besoin d'un bon filtre. Vous pouvez vous permettre d'envoyer un Mmnvntvn'm sec. TIG aussi être indemnisés. Après retour à la maison.

     

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    mayk, Dec 4th, 2013 @ 4:09am

    در ایران فیلترینگی اگر صورت میگیره صرفا برای حفظ نابالغان و کودکان هست تا با مطالب غیر اخلاقی ذهنشون رو سردمداران رسانه ها که اکثرا اسرائیلی هستن خراب نکنند،

     

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