Have you seen these movies in which a super hero has to face all sorts of misery and save the world? Being an Iranian geek is just like that. Minus the happy ends, yet of course.
From inside Iran:
- Also, your internet connection is limited to 128kbps because government says more of that might be bad!
And from outside, *everyone* filters you out:
- Sun Main Login, for Solaris OS download:
- Oracle Technology Network Developer License TOS:
- Google Web Accelerator:
- Google Pack:
- AND here comes the latest of the these. Since bad bad terrorists might use Google to access to nuclear codes, “Google code search” is also not available in Iran. They really think that sort of stuff is found on the web? Or they think missile run based on perl scripts?
You don’t have permission to access “http://sdlc-esd.sun.com/ESD28/JSCDL/…….” on this server.
A required IP lookup revealed that your IP address is originating from an embargoed country.
– You are not a citizen, national, or resident of, and are not under control of, the government of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any country to which the United States has prohibited export.
All of the above, or most of it, is due to the US embargoes and sanctions against Iran. I really don’t think a free software package from Oracle, or a Solaris OS means anything in the process of war on terror. I actually see that the only people who are caught in between, filtered by both Iran and US, are the poor computer geeks. These guys in turn have no other idea than harmlessly do their jobs, mostly running software and networks for the comfort of their people.
I fear that one day, out of a sudden, even Google and Yahoo! close their search services to Iranians based on these rules. Google and Yahoo! have been online training cyberspaces for all we Iranians. They are gateways, they can’t be closed. They shouldn’t!
This is a crime. This is …. just unacceptable. Somebody please tell me how can this end. I am really thinking about a way to at least show protest to these.
- Update:As of 1st of December 2006, the list of filtered sites by Iranian ISPs include the following:
- Blogger Photo hostings
Some previously filtered ones: