“We feel good about the progress we made.” Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters this week that Raytheon work on the program was “a mixed bag”, showing progress in some areas but continuing problems in others. He said he still hoped Raytheon could get the program under control since it was critically needed. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on June 30 declared the program had breached congressional cost thresholds, triggering a mandatory review that could lead to the program termination.
Harris has appeared with many of the highest profile Black radio and digital media hosts and is impersonated by the popular comedic actress Maya Rudolph on “Saturday Night Live.” She popped into a Verzuz battle between R stars Brandy and Monica, which was watched by more than 1million people, and did an Instagram Live with Lizzo. She walked onstage Saturday night to “Work That” by Mary J. Blige.
“We have signed agreements with three universities and research institutes to develop smart filtering to block only depraved and immoral sites, but allowing access to other pages,” Vaezi said, without naming the organisations involved.”Smart filtering is used for specific targets only and presently the project is undergoing experiments,” he was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying to journalists.(Also see: Iran plans to build secure, “domestic” Internet)The minister did not make clear what would be considered depraved and immoral, but the terms are frequently used by Iranian clerics to mean anything from pictures of women in revealing Western clothing to outright pornography.But he did brush aside rumours that Tehran would start filtering the latest teen fad, the WhatsApp Messenger instant messaging service. “What is being said about this matter is mainly non sense propaganda,” he said.The Mehr report did not mention the latest Internet fad, a Facebook page where women post pictures of themselves without their obligatory headscarf.Like satellite television and music videos in earlier decades, cyberspace has been a controversial phenomenon in the Islamic republic, both out of political and moral concerns.Many in the conservative clerical establishment long opposed its introduction into Iran and, since its debut, have demanded tighter supervision.Their offensive peaked during a crackdown on freedom of speech in the wake of mass protests against former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in 2009.Many bloggers were jailed and at least one person was sentenced to death for running what was called a “promiscuous” website. Two years ago, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set up a supervisory board to monitor Internet access.