The availability of Internet has had one of the biggest impacts of Iraqi society since 2003. During Saddam's reign, there were only 10,000 Internet users in a country of over 24 million people. Internet content was also filtered then, blocking free e-mail services, forcing Iraqi's to use the government filtered and controlled email system instead.
Today, there are over 200,000 Internet users in Iraq (who mostly use dial-up) , and other Internet related services such as Internet cafes are also flourishing. In fact, many Internet cafe owners teach their customers how to use computers and the Internet as many Iraqi's didn't even know that the Internet existed or much about it as recently as three years ago. One of the most popular services among Iraqis are the numerous chat functions available on the Internet.