Iran’s digital dystopia shows why we should never give government control of the internet

After anti-regime protests rocked Iran over the weekend, the country is considering an even further crackdown on internet freedom on top of the censorship that’s already in place. This offers yet another reminder why we must resist calls from liberals and nationalist conservatives alike to give the government increased power over the web.

The threat of a violent crackdown on protesters looms after demonstrations began on Saturday. The unrest arose after the revelation that the Iranian military accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft, killing all 176 people on board, including Ukrainians and Iranians alike. Thousands took to the street, protesting the regime and chanting, “Death to the dictator.” Now, government forces have
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