Iranian government plans 'halal' internet launch -

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The Iranian head of economic affairs has announced that the country will be launching a new “halal” internet that will aim to rid the web of the west's infidel culture.

Ali Aghamohammadi, who obviously thinks that attempts to clean up the mucky web don't go anywhere near far enough, has extolled the virtues of an internet that would target Muslims on an “ethical and moral level”.

We guess that Aghamohammadi may have accidentally chanced upon chat site, and pervert’s favourite, Chatroullete, and was suitably horrified at the downright antisocial and immoral ways that people have chosen to behave on the internet which we have come to know and love. So maybe he has a point here.

And now, just like a Travis Bickle of the internet, Aghamohammadi has decided to wash the scum from the streets of the interweb with a brand new one based on Islamic values.

“Iran will soon create an internet that conforms to Islamic principles, " he said, "to improve its communication and trade links with the world."

And according to Aghamohammadi this will mean ditching the old World Wide Web in favour of a parallel network that will help promote the use of the nation’s Farsi language, telling IRNA "The aim of this network is to increase Iran and the Farsi language's presence in what has become the most important source of international communication."

Of course any network built upon religious values is unlikely to have ‘freedom of speech’ or ‘openness’ perched at the top of its priorities, so quite what the vibrant Iranian blogging community will make of the new network is yet to be seen.