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Filternet/Sanctions in Iran and What It Did to Developers

Filtering internet in Iran is not a new thing. A lot of human rights organizations are trying to connect people of Iran to free internet and force Iran’s regime to stop censorship and banning websites/platforms which helps people to communicate/access securely. Since the 2009 presidential election, an extensive censorship started to block access of people to free flow of data and stopping them to communicate online which helped the regime to prevent organized aggregations.

Iranian developers and designers never were facing an issue to connect to sources and materials they need but starting that extensive censorship, they faced a big problem named “Bypassing censorship”.

A lot of websites and sources are banned and the ecosystem of developers is breaking apart. A lot of companies aren’t providing services to Iranian people because of United States sanctions and other left are banned from inside of the country.

A lot of startups and digital agencies are being dissolved because connecting to needed sources is too much hard. Google banned access to Android and Go development sources, Google Play and a lot of other services, as well as Oracle, Apple, Microsoft and even a lot of Q/A forums and as I said, the rest left are filtered/banned from inside.

Filtering internet made people use anti-proxy software and government (for a period of time) had to ban SSL/TLS connections which made a problem connecting to any platform using a secure connection and even disturbing online banking process because banks are using https secure connection for online payments and banning SSL connections made it impossible and it stopped such transactions.

Before this widespread censorship, freelancing and remote working with foreign companies were much easier but now many talents and abilities are wasted. Also, the impossibility of transferring foreign currency makes the investment in the technology industry impossible.