Iranians may be without internet on Mar. 14, the day of Iran's general legislative elections. Citing vague security concerns, the government plans on blocking private internet access for the day. Several million Iranians follow politics online, and political parties get there messages out on their websites.
The Iranian government has never completely shut down the internet completely. Less extreme restrictions in the country include:
- Download speeds over 128 kilobytes banned since 2006.
- Filters block websites and blogs that are deemed religiously or politically inappropriate.
- Many bloggers have been jailed and websites shut down.
Can you imagine an election taking place without having access to any online analysis and information? Is the integrity of the election automatically compromised?