MEK: Iran ‘National Internet’
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the issue of censoring and limiting internet space has once again been brought to the forefront of the news by statements made by Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts on Cyberspace, and the new government’s call for greater limitations on the free internet.
The problem of “national Internet”
In his speech, Ahmad Khatami stated that “all countries that have Internet technology have restricted the use of the Internet for their target community,” and urged the next president, Ebrahim Raisi, to address the problem of “national Internet” in Iran as soon as feasible.
The comments came ahead of a contentious policy proposal aimed at “protecting cyberspace users.” Because principlist MPs have the majority of parliamentary seats, concerns about the re-closure of cyberspace have circulated over the Internet among Iranians.
The “National Cyberspace Center”
The “National Cyberspace Center” has created a document outlining the requirements for the National Information Network, which has been uploaded on relevant websites.
We’re dealing with a “public” document, but sections of it have been edited and kept out of the hands of experts and audiences because they’re “unpublishable.”
The Supreme Council of Cyberspace
Below is the document’s definition of a national information network:
“According to the first resolution of the 15th session of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, the National Information Network, as the country’s cyberspace communication infrastructure, is a network-based on Internet contracts along with switches, routers, and data centers.”
“In such a way that internal access requests for obtaining information stored in internal data centers are not routed through foreign countries in any way and it makes possible to create a private and secure internal internet network in it.”
Internet traffic is distributed globally
The majority of Internet traffic is distributed globally. As a result, it raises the question of whether, if such a law goes into effect, Internet service providers will assist with “Iranian government policies” in cyberspace.
It appears that the dictatorship has run out of options for “disrupting or interrupting the internet” in the face of protests and upheavals, which are the regime’s primary worry.
The regime’s Minister of Communications
In an interview with Etemad, the regime’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology explained why the Internet was completely shut down during the November 2019 protests and who was to blame for its possible losses: “When a country’s national security is threatened, its officials limit all possibilities, which leads to chaos and disorder, and this is why it happened.”
“The severe internet disruption in November 2019 was ordered by the National Security Council,” Jahromi revealed in the same discussion.
The Grand Plan and ANIN
In October of last year, the regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace authorised a scheme titled “The Grand Plan and Architecture of the National Information Network,” which also included an “unpublishable” item, in another resolution. The resolution describes some of the National Information Network’s practical goals, including “elimination of reliance on GPS” and “determining the share of 70 to 30 traffic for internal and external services,” as well as other restrictions on the worldwide Internet.
As a result, it becomes evident that indicators of Internet and cyberspace restrictions are more visible than ever in the National Information Network’s national document.