cyber sovereignty, cyber security, Think Asia Group

Balkanizing the Web: Cyber Sovereignty as a Challenge for MNCs and International Organizations

This week, Iran added another point to the ongoing campaign for cyber sovereignty led by countries like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. The Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Iran’s institution in charge of regulating cyberspace, stated in a directive that “Foreign messaging companies active in the country are required to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity.” Much like China, Iran already blocks popular web platforms such as Facebook and Twitter even though many netizens use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent internet controls and access these sites through servers hosted abroad.