Tags:#film#Government#How To#international#web Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… scott fulton 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… It’s not like Iran’s 33.2 million netizens are all incapable of finding the allegedly blasphemous video by other means, as this Bing search using Iran as the country code clearly demonstrates. (An independent Iranian businessperson said as much to France24 just today.) Videos housed on YouTube may still be visible in Iran through Bing, even without a visit the YouTube URL. And even if they’re not, clearly YouTube is no longer the only source.With oil no longer viable as the country’s only lifeblood, Iran has to take advantage of what opportunities fall into its lap. Think about it, this pitiful little video could be a bandwidth bonanza! Over the weekend, Iran took the bait, banning access to both YouTube and parent Google from clients using its state-owned Internet infrastructure.And to start the viral marketing push with a bang, what could be better than for Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to embark on a world tour? In New York this week, before the United Nations, Ahmadinejad suggested to a conference of scholars and students that the nations of the world should band together in harmony to ban all content that offends religions.Now, even more people want to see the practically unwatchable video that has caused all the hubbub.Smaller Bang, Bigger BoomMaybe it’s too late for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to become the next Steve Jobs, but he seems to already be adopting Apple’s basic lesson of owning the infrastructure, limiting access to the product and making the product more desirable than peace itself. Even as the country rails against the video, the rials (or more preferably, dollars) roll in from active participants in Iran’s state-owned social media platform on its state-owned infrastructure.Hey, maybe Ahmadinejad and filmmaker “Sam Bacile” could work out a little deal. “You provide the blasphemy and the white guys wearing bedsheets,” the president could say, “and I’ll provide the audience.” Mel Brooks couldn’t have worked out a better plot. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Anywhere in the world, the fastest way to make anything popular is to ban it. Certainly Iran, which actually is an Internet infrastructure provider and which has by far the largest Internet using population in the Middle East, undoubtably knows that. So when Iran is handed a gold mine like The Innocence of Muslims, what should it do? The pitiful YouTube trailer for a possibly fake film entitled The Innocence of Muslims, whose very actors are embarrassed to have been hoodwinked into participating, may have become the most popular — or at least, the most popularly viewed — bad movie not to have been lampooned by Rifftrax. Iran is one of the video’s most vocal critics, which was probably as intended.It isn’t immediately obvious to most Americans, for whom Iran is typically portrayed as a backward country, but actually Iran is an Internet power player. Not headquarters to an Internet giant, but an actual Internet giant in itself. A 2010 estimate by China-based communications analyst Globserver states that, of Iran’s total population of nearly 77 million people, 33.2 million – about 43.2% of the population – were registered Internet users. Only 9.8 million Saudis are Internet users. More than half (52.5%) of all the Middle East’s Internet users, and 15.6% of the entire Middle East population, were customers of Iranian services in 2010.Black Rock EastThe government of Iran owns its Internet. In 2007, the country spun off its state-owned telephone service, creating a competitive market for a new breed of mobile phone carrier there, including MTN, MCI (no relation) and Zoha Kish. But for these companies to offer mobile data services with their mobile phones (which they could choose not to do… but what would be the point?) they must pay the government (through its wholly owned Internet subsidiary, TIC) a monthly percentage. In 2010, the minimum monthly payment was sealed at around $1 million.Or, according to 2010 exchange rates, $10.2 billion rials per month. Today, however, for Iran to reap the same value from its mobile data plan resellers, it would have to charge $12.2 billion. You see, one of the unpleasant side effects of developing nuclear technology while threatening to wipe a neighboring country off the map is that the rest of the world sells off your currency. This has resulted in a dramatic devaluation of the Iranian rial. Indeed, the rial hit a historic low today. With U.S. and European sanctions against Iran’s oil exports and banking transactions having the desired effect, Iran has to make a living somehow.And here, you have a video that’s gone viral. Hey, if ReadWriteWeb can make a killing from viral videos, why can’t Iran? And if you want to make a bad video really viral, why not follow in the footsteps of Russia, the Phillipines, Lebanon and Germany and ban access to the video – or at least publicly debate the merits of doing so?Because you know what happens when you threaten to ban a video: Pro-free speech groups launch a public screening of the thing. Widescreen, HD, streaming Wireless-N video, probably with popcorn.Do Not Watch This Video
The Jamia Millia Islamia recently informed the Delhi High Court that an experimental attempt could be made for holding elections to the students’ union which was banned six years ago.Jamia filed an affidavit before the court on a plea seeking quashing of the 2006 decision of the central university to ban elections to the students’ union.”The committee was mindful of the fact that, despite the prevailing situation in the campus, considering that the Jamia Students’ Union was dissolved six years ago, a renewed attempt should be made to provide a representative body to the students by way of an experiment,” said the university through an affidavit filed before a division bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Vipin Sanghi.The university also submitted that its executive council had accepted the recommendations of a six-member committee of academicians, constituted by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) pursuant to court’s earlier order to look into the aspect.The affidavit said that the committee also drafted rules and regulations for the students’ union election.”The committee drafted rules and regulations for putting in place a mechanism to elect the Jamia Students’ Union and also set out a model code of conduct to implement the proposed structure,” said the affidavit.The court asked advocate Sitab Ali Chaudhary, appearing for petitioner Hamidur Rehman, a final year undergraduate student, to file the reply on Jamia’s affidavit by November 5.The court was hearing a plea seeking a direction to university to hold election to students’ union, alleging that it was unreasonable on the part of the university to ban the union in March 2006.”Union elections are no more being held, there is nobody in the campus to address the students’ grievances and problems and that is why they are being harassed and tortured frequently,” Rahman said in his petition.He said that the polls had not been held since March 31, 2006 despite several representations and requests by students.The university in March 2006 dissolved the students’ union without giving any reason, the petition said.The petitioner alleged that despite the central government and the University Grants Commission asking Jamia to conduct the student union elections, no action had been taken.- With inputs from IANSadvertisement
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zoom Five people died and six have been reported missing following a collision between MSC Regulus, a containership operated by Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Don Gerardo II on the border between Ecuador and Peru on December 17, 2016.All of the dead and missing are from Don Gerardo II.Twelve people were rescued and the fishing vessel sank, local media reported.The incident occurred in international waters some 216 nautical miles of the Puntilla de Santa Ellena, Ecuador, according to Dirección Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos – Autoridad Marítima Nacional (DIRNEA).The 13,100 TEU MSC Regulus was on its way from Callao, Peru to Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico, according to MSC.“At the time of the collision, MSC immediately alerted the relevant authorities in both Ecuador and Peru; simultaneously, the crew members and senior command immediately initiated search and rescue procedures, with the wounded being brought on board the ship and treated,” MSC said in a statement.An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the incident.