UN Must Punish Iran's Ministry of ICT for Violating Net Neutrality
سازمان ملل باید وزارت ارتباطات ایران را به دلیل تخلف در نت نوترالیتی مجازات کند
Islamic Republic of Iran's Ministry of ICT not only filters many web sites that are outside Iran which itself is a violation of net neutrality (1), they have now started a new practice forcing Iranian service providers not to allow customers with a foreign IP address to access web sites that are served inside Iran including some Iran based blog sites and social networks. Government's goal is to stop those using foreign proxies or VPN's from accessing the sites, to force people use Iranian IP addresses so that the government can trace and arrest them if their content is disliked by the regime. If Iran was a democracy, people would take their complaint of this violation of net neutrality by the government to their representatives in parliament, but in Iran, the parliament does not care about the people or else the parliament would have challenged Internet filtering a long time ago, not that it has even passed laws to create noise signals to disrupt satellite TV broadcasts in Iran and has passed laws making ownership of satellite TV illegal which is a grave violation of freedom of expression in Iran. The new practice by the Iranian government is one more violation of net neutrality in Iran. UN must take action against these violations of Internet standards of equal access and fairness by Iran's regime. The new regulations of Iran's regime also make Iranian Internet users to pay more for international services which includes private VPNs.
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
May 7, 2018
1. Net Neutrality