Iran's 'Surgical' Online Censorship

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In addition to its army of 30,000 spies, Iran is also beginning to employ an online surveillance tactic known as "surgical censorship."

With the development of "intelligent software," ordinary Iranian citizens will be able to access the internet and use sites like Twitter and Facebook freely. But their online activities won’t be strictly private. That "intelligent software" will help the government monitor their online activities.

Megan Garber, staff writer at The Atlantic, explains the advantages techniques like this hold for a dictatorship.


Megan Garber

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Iranian kids bugged their parents for social networking, and this is the Government's response... They don't really care what people do on the internet...

Then again:

I thought the Internet was created for government monitoring world wide...I certainly have met tons of people who won't become a part of social networking because of paranoid fears.

The chatter Iran is looking for on Facebook is "Outing" any Gay folk in Iran based on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speech last year in The U.N.

Jan. 09 2013 01:29 PM

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