Iran’s Internet Iron Curtain: How President Raisi’s Censorship Is Crushing Connectivity

In Iran, President Raisi’s regime has turned internet censorship up to eleven, with a heavy hand that would make a firewall blush. As citizens scramble for VPNs, the web’s more choked than a comedian at an open mic night. #InternetRestrictions

Hot Take:

Looks like Iran’s been hitting the ‘dislike’ button on internet freedom harder than a teen on a TikTok binge. The Raisi administration is cranking up the censorship volume to 11 and the people of Iran are scrambling for VPNs like it’s a Black Friday sale on digital freedom. Ouch, talk about buffering your own progress…

Key Points:

  • Iran’s internet quality is tanking thanks to President Raisi’s censorship extravaganza.
  • Half the websites in Iran are playing peekaboo with connectivity, and the economy’s taking a $1.7 billion hit because of it.
  • Internet shutdowns are more regular than TV reruns, especially during protests and, quite peculiarly, Friday prayers.
  • Iranians are getting their tech groove on with VPNs, but even that’s like playing hide and seek with the government.
  • Plans for a national intranet are on the horizon, because who needs the World Wide Web when you can have a National Narrow Net?

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Cyber Curtains in Tehran

The Tehran Electronic Commerce Association paints a bleak picture of Iran's internet landscape: slower than a snail on sedatives and more blocked than a bad writer's brain. With nearly half the websites experiencing the digital equivalent of hiccups, it's no wonder Iranians are turning to VPNs like a fish to water—just to get a sip of that sweet, sweet uncensored information.

Economic Self-Sabotage or Strategic Shutdown?

Iran's economy is licking its wounds with over $1.7 billion lost to the internet void, according to NetLoss. President Raisi might as well be a cyber bull in an economic china shop, smashing through connectivity and leaving citizens to pick up the pieces. And let's not forget those timely shutdowns—because nothing says "time for prayer" like pulling the plug on the internet, right?

Surfing in the Dark

As the biggest fan of internet shutdowns, Iran is making waves for all the wrong reasons. The government's approach to online management is like using a chainsaw to do a heart surgery—indiscriminate and messy. Citizen Lab's Azam Jangravi paints a grim picture of a government willing to leave its people in a digital blackout just to keep the status quo.

The Great Firewall of Iran?

China's Great Firewall might be getting a Middle Eastern cousin if Iran's plans for a national intranet come to fruition. It's like deciding to tear down the public park and replace it with a private backyard—cozy for some, but not quite the same thing. This move would further disconnect Iranians from the global conversation and, let's be honest, nobody likes being left out of the loop.

The High Cost of Digital Isolation

As if being digitally grounded wasn't bad enough, Iranians might have to pay up to 34% more for their shackled internet in 2024. It's like charging extra for a meal that's already been chewed by someone else. The future of Iran's internet is as clear as mud, but one thing's for sure: the digital rights and dignity of its citizens are up against the firewall.

Chiara's Cyber Chronicles

Chiara Castro is the digital Sherlock Holmes of TechRadar, sniffing out the stories where cybersecurity, markets, and politics collide. She's got her finger on the pulse of data privacy and online censorship, so if you've got a hot tip or just need to vent about your VPN woes, drop her a line at chiara.castro@futurenet.com. Just make sure your email doesn't get lost in the Iranian intranet!

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