Sunday, January 9

BANNED in Iran

Following the lead of other dictatorial regimes, Iran is banning Blogs.

It appears that Iranian ISPs have been ordered to block a large number of popular Web sites, including weblogging, community, chat and email services. Web (particularly weblog) use has been increasing rapidly in Iran, with 64000+ weblogs published by Iranians via various sites. As of today, if the news is correct, the majority of these may be inaccessible to their authors, as will the email (eg. Yahoo) services they use to communicate with friends, colleagues and family worldwide. See and for more details. The newly expanded blocks include PersianBlog, Blogger and the Google-hosted Orkut 'social networking' site, where Iranians come third after Brazil and USA, representing 7% of all users.
Maybe this will shock some Iranians into more then just talk. It's time for the Iranians to step up before their government gets the kind of iron-fisted control that was present in pre-war Iraq.