Friday , 16 April 2021

Science and Technology

Iranian-Chinese Facility to Restart Bitcoin Mining After Blackouts

Iranwire – State-approved Bitcoin mining is set to resume in a city in Kerman after receiving heavy Chinese investment, its MP confirmed in parliament yesterday. Hossein Jalali, the representative for the city of Rafsanjan, told the chamber on Wednesday, April 14 that billions of tomans’ worth of Chinese money had been poured into a Bitcoin mining farm in the city …

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Iran Feels Humiliated After Latest Nuclear Sabotage

Iranwire – One day after the announcement of the reconstruction of a “new generation centrifuge assembly center,” at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, officials of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization reported “an incident which occurred in a part of the electricity distribution network of Natanz enrichment facilities.” On July 2, 2020, an explosion destroyed the Iranian Centrifuge Assembly Center and now, …

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Iranian MP: China will Help Us Conquer Cyber Space

Iranwire – Mahmoud Nabavian, deputy chairman of the Article 90 Parliamentary Committee, said that Iran has lost control of the Internet within the country and that it is important for Iranian authorities to reassert its control with the help of the Chinese. In an interview published in Mehr News Agency on April 11, Nabavian, referring to the details of the …

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Iran’s New Minimum Wage Set “Below Poverty Line”

CHRI – At the end of every year in Iran, the Labor Ministry sets the national minimum wage for the following year, determining a base income for more than 40 million Iranian workers. For the Persian year 1400, starting March 20, 2021 in the Christian calendar, Labor Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari announced there would only be a 39 percent increase—far less than the inflation rate …

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IRGC forms group to monitor internet in Iran

Al-Monitor – Following Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech on the important issues facing the country in the upcoming year, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced plans to form groups to make sure these issues are prioritized. In an open letter to Khamenei following the start of the Iranian new year on March 20, Hossein Salami announced the formation of the Headquarters for …

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Offer Iranian Freedom Fighters the Connectivity Beijing Wants to Take Away

newsweek.com – The Iranian regime is shutting down the internet yet again this month—this time in response to the desperate protests in the Baluchistan and Sistan provinces. Tehran is methodically implementing a repressive playbook, imported at great expense from Beijing: first, label protesters as criminals; second, shut down the internet to prevent information from getting in or out; third, detain, …

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Iran says it will ‘cold test’ modified Arak nuclear reactor

Al-Monitor – Iran will soon “cold test” its redesigned Arak nuclear reactor before its full commissioning later this year, a spokesperson for the country’s nuclear agency said. One of the requirements of the landmark nuclear deal struck between world powers in 2015 was that Iran dismantle its Arak heavy water reactor. The original reactor, located southwest of the capital, Tehran, …

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U.S. Government, Companies Can Do More to Promote Internet Freedom in Iran

CHRI – An Interview with Internet Freedom and Security Expert Amir Rashidi Key Points: Iranians are largely unable to use international communications tools and services because companies won’t sell their products to them or allow them to use their free services due to fears of violating U.S. sanctions.This undermines the right to access information and digital security because it means …

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RED ALERT: China Is Winning the Great 21st Century Tech War

gatestoneinstitute.org – China, pursuant to [its 14th Five-Year Plan]… will increase spending 7% per year to achieve “major breakthroughs” in areas of “frontier technology.” Specifically, the country, will devote resources to artificial intelligence; quantum information; semiconductors; brain science; genomics and biotech; clinical medicine and health; and deep space, deep sea, and deep earth. In addition to theft, [China’s leaders] adopted a …

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