Google 1, Theocracy 0: Iranians Successfully Demand Gmail Be Unblocked

Posted on: October 1, 2012

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Democracy wins again…


Iranians once again enjoy the crushing freedom to spend their days writing emails, deleting spam, and responding to queries to “keep in touch.” After Iran cut off access to the country’s favorite Google services, citizens and officials were united in protest for their love for Gmail, which is now accessible again. The initial block was in response to an anti-Islamic film on Youtube that caused global unrest, “We wanted to block YouTube, and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary,” said Iran’s telecommunications ministry committee, “We do not yet have enough technical know-how to differentiate between these two services.”

But, apparently, the email service is so popular, that one legislator, Hossein Garousi “threatened to summon Telecommunications Minister Reza Taqipour to parliament for questioning if it was not unblocked,” according to Reuters.

Interestingly enough, Google CEO, Eric Schmidt once said that the decision to engage with China was based on the idea that once…

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