Iran's Parliamentary Research Center: "national internet not economically justified"; using cartoons to instruct on hijab; IRIB to begin broadcasting training programs on proper Islamic life; US internet freedom efforts "not about regime change"

This cartoon by the hard-line Fars news agency, which is a clear insult to those Iranian women who don't respect the Islamic hijab fully and are often described by authorities as "badly veiled," is making the rounds on social media. The cartoon suggests that women who cover their hair and body fully are perhaps as smart as Albert Einstein, while those who don't completely observe the obligatory Islamic dress code are brainless.

Even though dog ownership is illegal in Iran, access to satellite TV and shows depicting dogs as family pets has spurred dog ownership. Dog grooming and swapping pet tales online has become popular as a host of pet websites have sprung up in Persian cyberspace.

Alec Ross , U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for innovation is tasked with developing new and innovative ways to use technology to promote American diplomatic efforts in everything from ethnic conflicts to the promotion of human rights and free speech. He said that contrary to what Iranian leaders seem to think, U.S. efforts to safeguard Internet freedom are not aimed at promoting regime change in authoritarian countries like Iran.

More on Moby Group’s new Persian language satellite channel aimed at Iranian audiences: Murdoch troubles not expected to affect launch.

Following the GAO report and digging deeper into whether Iran is producing its own filtering and spying technology.

This article follows the plight of seven detained netizens still worrying one year after their arrest.

Persian Cyberspace Report, 12-18 July: What have Iranian internet users been thinking about Britain’s phone hacking scandal? This week’s Cyberspace Report depicts some of their views and comments. The other story is about a rumor of a Skype phishing scheme in Iran which turned out to be false. It is a good example of the double standards of some Iranian websites.

From the Farsi Newsletter

IRIB is planning to start broadcasting training programs tasked with teaching Iranians correct lifestyle habits based on the teachings of Islam.

According to the Distribution Manager of the movie "Without Me Here", an unknown group has set a number of the movie's banners on fire. Fatemeh Motamed-Arya is the lead character of this movie and she has been vocal against the increased pressure on actors and directors in Iran.  The Tehran police also announced that an underground dubbing studio was discovered and shut down in Tehran. Pirated movies were being dubbed in this studio and released to market.

Six publishing companies in Iran decided to shut down due to a slump in publishing orders and an increase in imports.

Iran's Minister of Culture said that "ignorance is also the people's right". Mohammad Jafazadeh said that people don't need to be made aware of all the events that are happening in small cities and provinces in Iran.

Iran's Ministry of Culture warned journalists and media outlets in Iran to avoid any form of corporation with the BBC and VOA.

According to commentary published in ITNA (IT News Agency), the Iranian Parliament's research center believes that the National Internet is not economically justified, but Iran's Ministry of IT and Telecommunication argues that it has been tasked to implement it regardless.
 

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