Iran has been accused by its critics of censoring more Internet sites than any other nation except China.
Iran has since developed its own hardware and software for filtering purposes.
At the beginning of March 2012, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader told Iranian authorities to set up a body to oversee the Internet.
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Regime opponents in Iran are said to rely heavily on Web-based communication with the outside world.
Many bloggers, online activists, and technical staff have faced jail terms, harassment and abuse.
Reporters Without the Borders sent a letter to UN high Commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay to share its deep concern and ask for her intervention in the case of two netizens/free speech defenders, Vahid Asghari and Hossein Derakhshan.
One of major accusation of Vahid Asghari was creating a national plan against censorship by the government.
A complete list of the blacklisted keywords on the American server can be found here.
Following the 2009 Iranian presidential election, the U. Senate ratified a plan to help curb "censorship in the Islamic Republic".
At least twelve ISPs have been shut down for failing to install adequate filters.
The software effectively blocks access to most pornographic sites, gay and lesbian sites, reformist political sites, news media, sites that provide tools to help users cloak their Internet identity, and other sites nebulously defined as immoral on various grounds.
Their task will be to define policy and co-ordinate decisions regarding the Internet.