Iran Plans To Stop Using The Internet By 2013

Iran is planning on on joining the list of nations abandoning the global internet for their own national intranet, and officials say that the transition may be completed by 2013.

via Business Insider.

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Iran’s network in a bottle

“The Iranian government, which presides over one of the most educated and connected populations in the Middle East, is building an Internet all its own. Observers expect it will be fully operational as soon as next year. Iran’s so-called national or halal Internet will be a kind of anti-Internet—a self-contained loop within Iran’s borders featuring only regime-approved Iranian sites, and cut off from the World Wide Web.”

Read more: Iran’s network in a bottle – Ideas – The Boston Globe.

The Dutch Adopt Net Neutrality Laws, Lets All Follow Suit

Yesterday, the Netherlands became the first country in Europe to adopt laws that protect net neutrality. The rest of Europe, and indeed most the world, needs to follow suit before we sleepwalk into letting corporations use their deep pockets to gain an unfair advantage online.

via The Dutch Adopt Net Neutrality Laws, Lets All Follow Suit.

The Net vs. The Power of Narratives (by Falkvinge)

The net changes the world’s power structures in a much more fundamental way than changing the way a few groups of entrepreneurs are able to make money. The net is the greatest equalizer that humankind has ever invented. It is either the greatest invention since the printing press, or the greatest invention since written language. The battles we see are not a result of loss of money; they are caused by a loss of the power of narratives.

via TorrentFreak.

CSIS releases: ‘Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare – Preliminary Assessment of National Doctrine and Organization’

“Even with the limitations on available data, this preliminary assessment suggests that cyberwarfare has become an unavoidable element in any discussion of international security. Cyber capabilities are attractive as a cost-effective asymmetric weapon. Informational advantage and networks attack play a large role in modern strategy. Defending computer networks is a concern for many states. Most major military powers have developed cyberwarfare capabilities and doctrine and more states will acquire these capabilities in the future. Airplanes were once possessed by only a few states and had limited military value, but then grew into a key component of military power possessed by most states. Military cyber capabilities appear to be on the same path. This trend raises questions regarding norms for cyberwarfare, the obligations of states regarding the application of offensive cyber capabilities, and the applicability of existing laws of war and norms on use of force in cyberspace.”