Director of the Cyberspace Center Censures Government on “National Intranet”

Mehdi Akhavan Bahabadi, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council on Cyberspace and the Director of the Cyberspace Center

In an interesting movement the Iranian government has opened several web portals and introduced ‘national email’, ‘national search engine’, ‘national video center’ and the other services to stop people from using U.S. based websites mostly affiliated with Google and Microsoft.

Mehdi Akhavan Bahabadi, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council on Cyberspace and the Director of the Cyberspace Center, has criticized the policies of Iranian government in Internet field. “I don’t believe in the policies of the government in communications. Opening the national email service beside national search engine is unique to Iran and we have not seen any other country in world doing this job.”

“The word of ‘National Intranet’ is completely wrong. It was the subject of a topic in IT Ministry which was about technical infrastructures. Internet doesn’t have a great structure in Iran so we need to build it from scratch but we will not introduce another Internet for Iranians.” Mehdi Akhavan Bahabadi added. He also censured the filtering policies of Iran’s Filtering Committee and promised to change the current process of blocking websites in the country.


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