Iran unblocks Gmail, plans additional censorship for YouTube
| by Ramkumar Iyer |
Iran has lifted the block on Gmail it put in place on September 24. However, the AFP reports that this is only because the country aims to set up additional, stricter blocks for YouTube. The secure version of Google search which runs on the HTTPS protocol has also been unblocked.
Citizens of Iran can now access their email.
Reports in the media have revealed that the popular email service was blocked ''involuntarily' amid efforts to bar access to YouTube. This was apparently caused due to lack of technical knowledge of how to prevent access to YouTube without affecting Gmail. Mohammad Reza Miri, a member of the telecommunications ministry committee tasked with filtering the Internet in Iran, was quoted by the Mehr news agency as saying, "Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough technical knowhow to differentiate between these two services. We wanted to block YouTube and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary".
The statement cites the government’s decision to resurrect a national intranet by that time. Once the first phase of the project is rolled out, the aforementioned sites will be blocked completely for Internet users in Iran, and will instead be replaced with government Intranet services such as Iran Mail and Iran Search Engine.
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