Iranian Government Overlooks Online Games in Censorship

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Since the allegations of rigging the recent election, the Iranian government has been taking huge steps to keep the outside world from knowing what is happening inside the country. Part of this was jamming cell phone signals and blocking thousands of social websites, but they have yet to cover one thing: online games.

Arbor Networks took a look into the Iranian firewall to graph internet usage before and after the election, as well as firewall activity and what is being blocked.

Among the data they found, Xbox Live and World of Warcraft seem to be unaffected. Strange they have cut off β€œweb, video and most forms of interactive communication,” but not something so obvious.

It would be nice to think that it would stay that way, but chances are the firewall will catch up as it has been engulfing everything else that gives Iranian citizens some sort of outlet to speak to the world. But if the government doesn’t catch up quick enough, those in Iran who play online games could have a brand new way to get their voices heard.

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