Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and Ahmadinejad 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
A project to set up a "national" internet is underway in Iran, a move that would serve to disconnect the Islamic Republic from the rest of the world, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The internal network, which experts see as a way for Iran to end the regime's fight for control of the internet, is expected to extend to the entire country within two years time.
The project is part of Tehran's efforts to stop the infiltration of
western culture and ideas into the country, according to the report.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has referred to this battle
of cultures as the "soft war."
The new network will be compliant with Islamic Law, "a genuinely halal
network," according to Ali Aghamohammadi, Iran's head of economic
Aghamohammadi added that the new network would initially work alongside
the normal internet but could eventually replace the world wide web, not
only in Iran, but in other Muslim countries as well.
The Stuxnet computer worm, which reportedly set back Iran's nuclear
program pushed the regime to accelerate the internal internet