Iran’s National Internet: The Next Threat to Free Speech?

The Iranian government’s plans to create a national or “halal” Internet isolated from the World Wide Web have been underway for more than a decade and have been delayed time and again. Now, with new investments of hundreds of millions of dollars in the technology sector, Iran has shown major progress towards going its own way, causing human rights groups to warn against what they believe will be a threat to users’ safety, privacy, and legitimate access to information.