Iran Outlaws VPNs Or Any Other Attempt To Get Around Filters

from the how-nice dept

If you’re going to censor the internet, I guess you also have to criminalize attempts to get around the filters. That appears to be what’s happened in Iran, where any kind of system to get around the filters, including VPNs, has been criminalized. Iran now gets to join Pakistan in banning VPNs.

?Based on the law, the use of VPNs or other antifiltering software is forbidden and considered a crime,?

Amusingly, the reasoning given is that VPNs are part of a “soft war” from Western countries, and blocking them is a way to “confront” such Western aggression.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Hell, the pro E-PARASITE guys must be watching this very carefully. After all, Iran is their living test lab on how to impose strong and anti-privacy laws.

I can see anti-vpn laws coming out of DC very soon with big money backing (Bribing?) it.

Come on guys, you know you can buy this law too. What are you waiting for?

Lord Binky says:

Re: Re: Tired old ... stuff, but...

Don’t forget that it’s a public manual heigth adjustment as well. It is also more than just a brutal detatchment from the living, they do it because they also believe that removing the head screws them out of their afterlife, just in case y’know?

Really though, it could just be imprisonment until they get around to you(or remember you’re there). Maybe they’re taking it for a test run and just removing hands so they don’t have to worry about the whole internet thing from them again? Nah, they’re likely just going to kill them so they don’t have to worry about revenge.

Anonymous Coward says:

The more I read about politics and politicians, the more I’m convinced that humans are really fucked up at a very fundamental level. It’s easy to criticize countries like Pakistan and Iran (and rightfully so), but then you have assholes doing terrible things in so-called democratic countries and many of those same critics just shut their eyes and say nothing, or worse pretend that their own country’s intentions are noble instead of evil.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Selective Enforcement

Oh, good old selective enforcement has been around in USA for ever. Did you notice the world’s largest financial fraud happening in 2008? Then the poor old US taxpayer picks up the tab? All sorts of flagrantly illegal fraudulent stuff happened. Yet none of the real bad guys went to jail for it. There should be hundreds of them in jail for long stretches. Did that happen? Nope, courtesy the magic of selective enforcement.

There should be desperate attempts to recover the money. Is that happening? Nope, selective enforcement again.

There should be a huge on-going public discussion. Did that happen? Not officially, but the “occupy” movements are just starting the discussion now. Any sign of the politicians having any sympathy for the ordinary people? What do you think?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Not long before we do the same

Indeed. They’ll bellow a few times about infringement and child porn and whatever excuses they usually make, and then flail around trying to ban proxies and VPNs, maybe even HTTPS.

After all, if the people in charge weren’t shortsighted idiots with no idea what they’re doing, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.

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