Parasite waves no danger to people: communications minister

TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi says parasite waves do not currently pose any dangers to people, despite the fact that they were detected as “above standard” in some areas.

A record of parasite wave information has been presented to President Hassan Rouhani, he said, adding that such activities would be halted in areas detected with high levels of parasite waves, the Fars news agency reported.

‘High-speed internet to be provided for 30,000 villages’

Vaezi also announced that internet users in 30,000 villages will be able to use high-speed internet connection by the first quarter of 2016, the Mehr news agency reported.

“In line with policies of the administration, we seek to connect rural areas to high-speed internet,” he said, noting that high-speed internet connection has already been provided to 8,000 villages in the country.

‘Smart filtering won’t lift Facebook, Youtube bans’

Elsewhere in his remarks, Vaezi said implementing smart filtering system does not mean that ban on Facebook or Youtube will be removed.

“The already blocked websites such as Facebook and Youtube can be unblocked only under a decision by committee for determining criminal web content, headed by the prosecutor general,” Vaezi said, Fars reported.

The smart filtering project includes three phases and is planned to be completed in the next ten months, the minister said, adding that the first phase of the project has started by limiting access to certain pages in Instagram in recent days.

“Implementing the smart filtering plan, we are trying to block the criminal and unethical contents of internet sites, while the public will be capable of using the general contents of those sites,” Vaezi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Iran has recently unveiled its first “smart filtering software” which is capable of accurate and rapid detecting inappropriate content (including text, image and video) online.