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INTERNET OPENNESS AND FREE EXPRESSION
Iran: new ID regulations for Internet users; national intranet to launch in February
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Iranian government officials announced new regulations this week that will require Internet cafe owners to collect and store customer information including a user's name, his or her father's name, contact information, and national ID number. According to WSJ, "The Iranian judiciary announced last week that any calls to boycott elections, delivered on social-networking sites or by email, would be considered crimes against national security." By February, the government will have launched its national intranet, which reports hold will eventually take the place of the global Internet, which will be shutdown in Iran once the intranet is fully functional.