Recently, however, I read a claim that if true, I’m not sure how it will be received.
In the past weeks, following parliamentary elections, the Internet speed in Iran is decreasing day by day, and using VPNs and Anti-Filter softwares become more difficult. At the same time, the Iranian Minister of Communications and Technology blamed a ship that cut the Internet cable in the Persian Golf and a excused a burnt service exporting station in Russia for the glitches in accessing the Internet.
However, the suspicions are rising that Iran is getting closer to launching what it had promised a while ago; Internet-e-paak. While the word paak refers to clean or chaste, in this case it really means "erase", as the Iranian government aims to further disconnects the Iranian Internet users from the world and enforce its own, highly controlled and limited Internet which serves its propaganda.
This state-run Internet, which some have also called "Halal Internet", could permanently block the access to some global websites, I cannot imagine how the Internet users in Iran will react. For those users that I personally know, this very slow and frustrating Internet seemed to be the most important and treasured source of connecting with the world and accessing information--in many cases scientific and cultural information.
So, I began to search the Iranian blogs and commentaries written on this piece of news to foresee an outcome. And, of course, I was not surprised to see Iranians had expressed their disappointment and even resentment of this government action.
But the most heartbreaking comment which resembles the passive, frustrated and, as always, sarcastic mood of the Iranian youth about the current situation in the country was from a user saying: "Just get rid of the whole Internet in Iran, we don't even deserve it."
A facebook community page in Farsi called We Do Not Want Halal Internet