Dec 31, 2014, 7:14 PM
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Iran to implement twin smart internet filtering projects

Tehran, Dec 31, IRNA -- Iran is to put into practice two divergent programs running in parallel for escalating the smart internet filtering, a policy initiated under President Rouhani’s administration for blocking just immoral web content without totally banning them.

The national plan for smart internet filtering will be expanded via twin approaches each fulfilling a particular job, the Mehr news agency quoted Supreme Council of Cyberspace (SCC) director Mohammad Hassan Entezari as saying on Monday.

Entezari said the method jointly designed by the Tebyan Institute and Shahid Beheshti University is now running on a mission different from the other pursued by the Communications Ministry, adding the latter had already been submitted to the SCC for further assessment.

Deputy communications minister said earlier this year that the implementation of smart filtering would come under an umbrella management, adding the mechanism is designed flexible in such a way that can meet all requirements, Mehr reported.

The official also explained that under the new scheme, characteristics of all connecting users are automatically identified prior to their accessing the web, thanks to efforts made by local knowledge-based companies.

Smart filtering made its debut spotting Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook. It can now simply block immoral content within the site, instead of a blanket ban covering the whole.

“The smart filtering, at its pilot stage, is currently underway dealing with Instagram and successfully eliminates just criminal and unethical content” the Fars news agency quoted Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi as saying on Dec. 27.

The minister also said social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will remain blocked in Iran as they used to.

Smart internet filtering plan is scheduled to progressively go mainstream until its coverage fully spans the whole websites under the eyes of people surfing the internet in Iran.

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