Iran is openly seeking a vendor to provide information on Internet firewalls for filtering and monitoring web content.
Iran’s ministry of information and communications technology issued a request for information, translated from Farsi and reported by Ars Technica, asking organizations and companies to describe software that could be used for censorship.
The RFI, posted April 11 and set to close Thursday, also asks organizations to showcase their ability to operate filtering technologies and suggest frameworks for cooperation.
Collin Anderson, a security researcher specializing in Iran who discovered the RFI, told Nextgov Iran’s solicitation suggests the country has not been able to manage the hardware it has purchased.
NextGov notes the country is also rolling out an Internet system with higher bandwidth that it believes would be capable of monitoring the Internet.
Certain companies and organizations are currently reducing their business providing surveillance equipment to Iran, the report said.
The U.S. has legislation in place that prohibits companies from vending tools to Iran that would restrict the flow of information.
The State Department has also invested in developing tools that would create an alternate network and bypass official networks in the Middle East.