Information Controls: Iran’s Presidential Elections is a collaboration between ASL19 and Psiphon. It evaluates the role and impact of information controls during the Iranian Presidential elections in 2013.
This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch discusses censorship and filtering, surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests and more.
This report details Iran’s increasing Internet controls since 2009, when protests against the victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad rocked the country. The election protest campaign–dubbed the “Green Movement”–was marked for the high use of social media and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to organize protests and disseminate information.
This blog post from Citizen Lab partner, ASL19, discusses Iran’s planned National Information Network.
Government officials’ responses to the blocking and the subsequent resumption of access to Google services give evidence that perhaps the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain receptive to popular demands and respect the boundaries of censorship.