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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Anonymous Coward says:

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!

Ninja (profile) says:

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

Eddy (user link) says:

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’esp?re que vous ?tes en bonne sant?. Je suis Martinez de la Cor?e du Nord. Pour retrouver ma famille et amis ? la maison (Paris) J’ai besoin d’un bon filtre. Vous pouvez vous permettre d’envoyer un Mmnvntvn’m sec. TIG aussi ?tre indemnis?s. Apr?s retour ? la maison.

Eddy (user link) says:

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’esp?re que vous ?tes en bonne sant?. Je suis Martinez de la Cor?e du Nord. Pour retrouver ma famille et amis ? la maison (Paris) J’ai besoin d’un bon filtre. Vous pouvez vous permettre d’envoyer un Mmnvntvn’m sec. TIG aussi ?tre indemnis?s. Apr?s retour ? la maison.

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