Iranian Youth Search www
By Micah Halpern
Monday July 29, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Iranian youth works very hard to break through their government's block on the internet.
The government has shut down almost all forms of contact and any access to the West through the internet - the World Wide Web, aka the www. The Iranian web is a cheap facsimile of the www.
Iranians who want to jump on the West's www have gone to great lengths. They spend hours attempting to bypass governmental blocks.
The youth use VPNs, or Virtual Personal Networks. VPN artificially makes it appear as if the user were located someone else.
Here's how: Let's say you live in Teheran. When you go online, you click onto a VPN and it shows that you are in Los Angeles. The Iranian can now surf the net, and no one will know.
The bigger problem is that VPNs are overloaded. So many people want to get on that it can take an hour before you get on and that many users causes the server to be slow and users to be regularly bounced off.
Iranian leadership does not have the same restrictions. Iran's president and foreign minister tweet constantly - even the Supreme Leader, or at least the Supreme Leader's office, tweets regularly.
Iranians use the internet because they want to learn what is happening in the West. That's a good sign.
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