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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Iran Restores Gmail; Can its "Intranet" Work?

Jillian C. York at Al Jazeera asks "Is Iran's Halal Internet Possible"? We've talked previously about Iran's efforts to create a national "Intranet" firewalled off from the global Internet, but its recent move in shutting down Google and Gmail (reputedly in retaliation for YouTube not taking down the video attacking the Prophet) had to be rescinded in the case of Gmail, when not only was there a popular backlash but even members of Parliament complained.

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