The government of Iran is no stranger to using its power to restrict Internet freedoms in its country, blocking millions of websites when they have run counter to religious or political beliefs. Now it sounds like it plans to take that another step further: engineers are developing a system to identify any individual who goes online, according to a report in the AFP (via Yahoo News), citing comments made to the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.
“In future when people want to use the Internet they will be identified, and there will be no web surfer whose identity we do not know,” the country’s minister of telecommunications Mahmoud Vaezi was quoted as saying.
He did not provide further details about how this would work, or the timing for when this system would be turned on.
The idea here seems to be that identifying people online will deter them from posting or reading…
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