[quote]Iran has announced it has completed the first phase of its plan to operate a “national internet”.
An inauguration ceremony was held on Sunday by the country’s communications and information technology minister, Mahmoud Vaezi.
The government says the goal is to create an isolated domestic intranet that can be used to promote Islamic content and raise digital awareness among the public.It intends to replace the current
system, in which officials seek to limit which parts of the existing internet people have access to via filters - an effort Mr Vaezi described as being “inefficient”.
- the first phase of the rollout involves providing access to e-government services and domestic web pages
- a second phase, due in February 2017, will add domestic video content
- a third phase, due in March 2017, will introduce further services and provide support for companies involved in international trade
Local reports state that users’ privacy will be respected.
But the British human rights campaign group Article 19 has warned that this might not be the case.